Reverend Father Shot Dead in Benue State, North Central, Nigeria

A Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Ferdinand Fanen Ngugban, has been shot dead in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.

Newsmen gathered that Fr. Ferdinand Ngugban of St. Augustine Aye Twar parish in Katsina Ala LGA was killed by bandits who raided the community and set many houses on fire.

The Council Chairman of Kastina-Ala, Joseph Atera, told a correspondent by telephone that the bandits, who attacked the priest at the church premises, also killed three others.

But Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Benue Command, DSP Catherine Anene, confirmed only the killing of the priest.

“Attack on St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Aye-Twar village, Agu centre in Kastina-Ala LGA by bandits is confirmed. Rev. Fr. Nguban Fanen lost his life during the attack.

“The corpse has been deposited at General Hospital, Kastsina-Ala while a joint operation of Police and other security agencies are on the trail of the hoodlums,” Anene said.

There has been unrest and bad blood among three local government areas in the state in recent times, namely, Logo, Katsina-Ala and Ukum. This has left scores dead and properties destroyed. A source hinted that the Catholic Priest’s death was very likely connected to the clashes being witnessed in these areas.