Very many of Internally Displaced Persons, blocked the Makurdi-Lafia highway to protest the killing of ten persons in their camp by men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Monday night, April 26.
Seven lifeless bodies so far have been counted with many others reportedly injured after armed herdsmen attacked Abagena community housing Internally Displaced Persons camp in Makurdi Local Area of Benue State.
The protesters barricaded the highway with the dead bodies of the killed IDPs, causing heavy traffic gridlock on the busy expressway.
Governor Samuel Ortom while addressing angry youths, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to live up to his responsibility of protecting Nigerians.
He described the attack on the IDP camp as inhuman, barbaric and unacceptable.
The Governor who called for urgent action against the activities of militia herdsmen across the country said if the Federal Government had taken the issue of militia herders seriously, it wouldn’t have escalated to this level.
He lamented that in the last two weeks, over seventy persons had been killed in Makurdi Local Government alone while various communities across Benue are suffering from same militia herders.