Makurdi in Turmoil After Militia Herdsmen Killings

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Makurdi in Turmoil After Militia Herdsmen Killings
By OBOR UVWERE
After killing of over 50 persons in Benue state, among them women and children by suspected Fulani Herdsmen, youths in the state as early as 8am on Wedneaday 3 January 2018, took over the streets of Makurdi to protest the inactions of the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari. The killings took place in the two Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Logo and Guma, in the State.
Armed Fulani militia had invaded settlements in the LGAs on Sunday and Monday, killing over fifty persons. As believed by most residents, the killings are not  unconnected to the anti grazing laws enacted by the state government as a way of curbing herdsmen/farmers clashes and the rampaging of militias believed to be remnants of Boko Haram insurgents.
The Police confirmed the killing of seven members of the newly inaugurated Livestock Guards who are working in line with the enforcement of the Anti-Open Grazing Law in the state.
They were killed during the attacks by the herdsmen between Sunday and Tuesday.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Benue Command of the Nigeria Police, Moses Yamu said the herdsmen had also burnt up a marked Livestock Guard hilux van during the attacks.
Benue like other states across the country have been plagued by killings of its farmers and residents by suspected militia herdsmen.
The irate youths blocked the highway leading from Makurdi to Abuja on one side and on the other, blocked the road on the opposite side leading from Makurdi to Enugu.
They also paraded on the road corpses of some of the dead from the attacks even as they chanted wars songs and brandished posters calling President Buhari to action.
Unconfirmed reports also have it that soldiers may have also been drafted to the troubled spots.

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