Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has described the killing of a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr David Tanko as painful, shocking and unfortunate.
The governor, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, condemned the killing of the cleric, calling on security operatives to arrest the perpetrators to face the consequences of their action.
“Governor Ortom joins his Taraba counterpart, Architect Darius Ishaku, to call for an end to the bloodletting between the Jukun and Tiv in Taraba State.
“The Governor says only peace can guarantee meaningful development,” the statement said.
Ortom commiserated with the government and people of Taraba State, particularly the Catholic Church over the sad incident.
He, however, consoled the family of the late Catholic priest and prayed that God grants him eternal rest.
Rev. Fr Tanko was reportedly ambushed by gunmen on Thursday at Kufai Amadu in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State while traveling to Takum for a peace meeting.