Benue Governor Booed, Stoned By Youths As Military Engage Protesters With Many Sustaining Injuries

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Protesting residents booed and stoned Governor Samuel
Ortom of Benue state, as government drafted troops to quell the massive
protest and to prevent mayhem.
The governor had gone to placate the restive youths at
Wurukum where the protest was taking place in Makurdi on Wednesday.
Reports say that soldiers from 72 battalion north bank
were currently engaging the protesting youths and some protesters have been
wounded.
Residents early on Wednesday trooped out in their
thousands to protest against the January 2, herdsmen’s attack on farmers in
which 20 people were killed.
The protesters are calling on the presidency to bring
the culprits to book.
The protesters carried placards with inscriptions such
as “Presidential Intervention needed”, “Why value cows to Humans”, and “Stop
this incessant blood bath”.
Some of them chanted, “We will not vote for the
present administration again both the State and Federal level if this crises
don’t stop”.
The News Agency of Nigeria( NAN) reports that the
protests involved mostly youths who barricaded major roads leading in and out
of Makurdi, the state capital.
The youth have vowed not to leave the streets until
the presidency spoke on the killings.
They were also asking government to intervene in the
series of other attacks on some rural communities by armed herdsmen.
Residents
of Guma and Logo local government areas have yet to determine number of peasant
farmers, women, children and the aged inclusive that were killed.
Also Mrs Ruth Agba said the killing of Benue farmers,
and destruction to their homes and farms were not different from Boko Haram
activities in the northeast.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue told journalists on
Tuesday that 20 people were killed in the mayhem.
Ortom called on the Federal Government to wade into
the matter so as to avert further destruction of lives and property.
Meanwhile, the Police in Benue have confirmed the
arrest of eight herdsmen in connection of the New Year Day’s attacks in Guma
and Logo Local Governments.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr.
Moses Yamu, said on Wednesday in Makurdi, “eight herdsmen, six in Guma and two
in Logo, have been arrested in connection with the attacks”.
He added that the command has made additional
deployments to the troubled area to forestall further attacks and restore
confidence of the people.

Yamu stressed the situation in the two local
government areas had been brought under control while investigation was
on-going.
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