Suspected herdsmen invaded a Catholic seminary in Jalingo, Taraba state, on Monday morning, May 28, 2018, injuring some priests and students. This attack was confirmed by Evaristus Bassey, director of Caritas Nigeria, an agency of the Catholic Church. A priest was reportedly shot during the attack while two others were beaten up. Those injured during the attack are said to have been admitted to the Federal Medical Centre in the state where they are being treated. property belonging to the seminary, including cars, were said to have been destroyed.
The attack has also been confirmed by David Misal, spokesman of the state police command. Though he did not divulge much details, he promised to get back to journalists. Consistent and very violent attacks by suspected herdsmen has been a growing concern for security agencies in the country. This is the second time in a little over one month that a Catholic establishment will be attacked. In April, 2018, gunmen suspected to be herdsmen killed two priests at St. Ignatius’ Catholic Church, Ayar, Gwer east local government area of Benue state.
The deceased priests were identified as Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha. Some worshipers were also killed in the attack while many sustained injuries. President Muhammadu Buhari has said on several occasions that his administration is doing all that is necessary to end the killings. Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump are among the global personalities who have condemned the recent spate of attacks on Christians in Nigeria.