Barely a month after two priests and 17 worshippers were killed in Benue by herders, the attackers have invaded a seminary in Nigeria’s northern Taraba State.
The herders invaded the Secret Heart Minor Seminary in Jalingo at 1am (local time) on Monday (28 May 2018) and shot Fr Cornelius Koba in the leg.
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jalingo, Charles Hammawa, on Monday condemned the early morning attack.
Bishop Hammawa, who described the attack as regrettable, urged the government to be more serious in handling security issues.
Herders on April 14 attacked a Catholic church in Benue State, killing two priests.
“It is regrettable that as a church, we are now being attacked unprovoked.
“We thank God no life was lost in the incident, though my priest Fr Koba was shot in the leg.”
The bishop explained that all the students who ran into the bush for safety during the attack had returned.
He said the school had been closed for one week to enable the students go home and overcome the trauma.
Fr Koba said the attackers stormed the seminary in their numbers and headed to his room.
“They shot and broke the windscreen of my car and also shot through the window and destroyed my television set and other properties.
“My offence is that I often ask them to stop invading our school for grazing and stop cutting down our trees to feed their cows,” he explained.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr David Akinremi, confirmed the attack.
Mr Akinremi explained that the prompt intervention of the police prevented the hoodlums from killing innocent students and teachers.
“Yes, a reverend father was shot during the attack but the the police have successfully rescued all the students who ran into the bush during the attack,” he said.