Ortom ‘shocked’ over burning of Catholic priest in Taraba

Samuel Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has expressed shock at the killing of a Catholic priest at Kufai Amadu in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State.

Reverend Father David Tanko of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Amadu was ambushed while he was heading to Takum for a peace meeting with his fellow clergymen on how to resolve the lingering Tiv, Jukun crisis.


His assailants killed him and set him and his vehicle ablaze.

Ortom, in a statement on Friday by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase, described the incident as ‘shocking, painful and unfortunate’.

He urged security agencies in Taraba to find the killers of the priest.

“Gov. Ortom joins his Taraba counterpart, Darius Ishaku, to call for an end to the bloodletting between the Jukuns and Tivs in Taraba State,” the statement said.


The governor condoled with the family of the late Catholic priest and prayed for God to grant him eternal rest.

Ortom said that it was only in an atmosphere of peace that meaningful development could thrive.