Tyokyaa Jacob

The Catholic Diocese of Makurdi has finalized plans to etch the gruesome murder of two of her priests along with their parishioners during a Mass at St. Ignatius Quasi-Parish, Ayar-Mbalom in Gwer local government area of Benue State, on the public memory for posterity.

The diocesan director of Social Communications, Father Moses Iorpauu made the revelation after a meeting with stakeholders in Bishop’s House, Makurdi.

He said that an agreement of collaboration has been signed between representatives of the diocese and those of Holy Club Productions to produce a memorial film for the Mbalom Massacre of 24th April, 2018.

The film which has “Angough Ime (Total Darkness)” as working title, will be directed by Don Murphy. It is expected to be released by end of March, 2019.

Father Iorapuu used the occasion to distance the diocese from the activities of JBM Productions who are marketing a film which they claim is a Catholic Media Production. He warned the group to recall all films sold under that pretext, saying the story being told does not reflect the views of the Church.

The formal agreement was signed by Father Iorapuu who represented Bishop Wilfred Anagbe and was witnessed by Mrs. G. Shaahu, representing Areopagus Communications Limited and Father Felix Nyinya, the priest-in-charge of St. Ignatius Ayar-Mbalom. It took place in the conference hall of Bishop’s House on February 11, 2019 with members of the film crew and press present.

The saying that one good turn deserves another has been brought to life in Mbakyor Community of Gwer East Local Government Area, Benue State, whose joy knew no bounds as Bishop Wilfred Anagbe commissioned a borehole sponsored by Makurdi Diocese for the community in appreciation for the 14 hectares of land it has donated to the Church.

The commissioning ceremony which was preceded by a Eucharistic celebration was attended by prominent sons and daughters of the community who expressed appreciation to the church for coming to the aid of the people who have been neglected by successive governments in Benue State.

The Bishop had earlier commissioned a bridge across River Fete.  The construction of the bridge was initiated by the late Father Joseph Gor and was eventually completed by the community after the murder of the priest along with many parishioners.

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