John Charles, Makurdi
Benue State Government has concluded arrangement to give mass burial to the victims of the New Year attack next Thursday.
Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Terver Akase, disclosed this on Sunday through a telephone conversation.
He explained that there would be a memorial service for them by 10am at the IBB Square, Makurdi.
Akase said the 10 persons killed on Saturday would be buried along with the 49 deposited at various mortuaries in the state.
He added that the dead would be buried in their localities after the memorial service, meaning that 39 bodies will be buried at Guma and 20 others would be interred in Logo, all in Benue state.
He added that the state government considered the deceased as heroes of the state who died for the safety of Benue.
Governor Ortom had declared at the stakeholders’ meeting held on Friday that three days’ mourning period would be declared in preparatory for the mass burial.
According to him, the state government will make coffins for the 49 bodies — 39 from Guma and 10 from Logo local government areas deposited at various mortuaries.
He added that he had given orders that those bodies that were currently found and already decomposed be buried immediately.
Meanwhile, the state command spokesman, ASP, Moses Yamu said that more policemen have been deployed to the troubled areas, particularly, Logo, where more attack was recorded on Saturday.