ROWDS of people in black dresses, weeping women, frightful kids and 73 polished mahogany caskets. Benue State was in pains yesterday.
It was all at the funeral of the victims of the herdsmen killings that have sparked a big outrage.
The sober ceremony, to many, marked the 41-year-old state’s most tragic moment.
The herdsmen invaded villages in Guma and Logo local government areas at night and dawn on January 1, killing people on farms and in their homes.
Many bodies were not found until one week after.
Thousands of people, including prominent citizens of the state, led by the paramount ruler, the Tor Tiv, His Royal Majesty Prof James Ayatse, were at the IBB Square, venue of the mass burial.
The burial was preceded by an interdenominational service.
Manny shed tears, women rolled on the ground as trucks bearing the caskets snaked into the arena. Vigilante members in black tee-shirts and black trousers accompanied the vehicles.
Makurdi’s streets were deserted.