Some apparently angry youths in their thousands shutdown Makurdi, the Benue State capital on Wednesday to protest over Tuesday’s attack on some communities in the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen, which left over 50 dead.
The protest came on a day the State Police Command said it had arrested eight herdsmen in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state in connection with the massacre.
The protesters numbering over 3,000, stormed the major roads as early as 8 a.m., in a peaceful protests that led to gridlock, as thousands of motorists were stranded.
Suddenly, they became intensively wild when they saw a car conveying about six bodies from Guma council to the BSUTH morgue.
The irate youths, who sang war songs demanded President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation, if he could not address the herdsmen menace in the state and the entire country.
It is understood that the peaceful protest turned violent as soon as Governor Samuel Ortom alongside members of the State Executive Council tried to prevail on the youths to remain calm.
Things didn’t change even after Ortom assured that the matter had been reported to the President, who also promised to intervene.
At that point, the youths demanded that the President should address Benue people over the killings and when the governor tried to prevail on them to show understanding, the protesters became unruly and started throwing stones and sticks.
Security operatives had to whisk away the governor from the scene to safety.
Buhari vows to punish perpetrators
On Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari vowed that he will not allow people who take up arms against the defenceless in the society to go unpunished.
Buhari stated this yesterday in Makurdi when he paid a visit to Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue over the killings in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of the state.
He was represented by the Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzaau.
He described the people that carried out the heinous act as criminals, reiterating that the long arm of the law would catch up with them.
Buhari assured that government was working assiduously to ensure that heinous acts perpetrated across the country were nipped in the bud permanently.
He condoled with the families that lost their loved ones in the unfortunate attack.