Youths protest in Benue over alleged murder of farmer by suspected fulani herdsmen. 


The youths in the area have engaged in a bloody protest over the alleged murder of a Tiv farmer on his farmland by gunmen suspected to be fulani herdsmen. 

The killing has reportedly created chaos in the environment as youths took to the road to block the busy Otukpo-Makurdi road and motorist plying the road were held to a standstill. 

According to Peters Ozofor an eyewitness, he said: Some Fulani herdsmen killed a Tiv man on his farm few minutes ago and since then, the Tivs have blocked the road therefore no car can go through the express way.“So far, an innocent passenger has been killed and a driver injured. Every other car including ours is packed on the highway.”

While authenticating the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the command in Benue State, Asp. Moses Yamu, said that the ordeal happened in Tse Igba Uke village after gunmen suspebted to be fulani herdsmen murdered one of the villagers over alleged attack on their cattle. 

The police have verified that a retaliative attack by suspected herdsmen on Tse Igba Uke and Aliade villages in Gwer Local Government Area of Benue has left one dead and others injured. 

Yamu said the suspected herdsmen carried out their operation on Wednesday night, after their cattles were attacked by some of the village youths. 

He also disclosed that the corpse of the murdered farmer during the attack had been taken to the Aliade General Hospital and the injured are in the same hospital receiving treatment. 

The PPRO said that the raging youths went to the streets on Thursday after the attack on their village and blocked Aliade Federal  road to show their concern over the murdering of one of their villagers.

However, he assured that police officers had been dispatched to the place to stop the protest and return things back to normal. 

He said: “We got reports today that suspected herdsmen attacked Tse Igba Uke village, killed one Sunday Kachuwa and injured Zongu Aliade over alleged attack on their cattle. The corpse was removed to General hospital while the injured is undergoing treatment.

“In another development, youths at Ikpayongo blocked the road in protest of the killing and killed a passenger in the process. Policemen led by the CP cleared the road and restored normalcy to the area.

The command frowns at jungle justice and appeals to the general public to desist from taking laws into their hands.”

According to Premium Times, two people were killed by the suspected herdsmen before an avenging attack by the youth. 

“Fulani herdsmen killed two young men and in retaliation, the young men from the village organised themselves and attacked a Fulani settlement and killed one Fulani man.”

“However, the intervention of an Air Force unit in the area that tried to stop the violence led to the death of many more villagers.”

The killings which led to the villagers unleashing their rage and blocking the road and they also requested to be attended to by Mark Gbillah, a Federal lawmaker.

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