Protests proceed in Benue over killings



    Youth in Benue protest killing of kinsmen
    Youth in Benue protest killing of kinsmen

    By Emmanuel Antswen

    Some residents of Benue state  have continued to protest the brutal killing of their kinsmen on 1 and a couple of January by individuals suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

    This is at the same time as Gov Samuel Ortom on Saturday appealed to the protesters in some elements of Makurdi, the state capital, to stay calm, as he  directed safety operatives to revive order.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that Makurdi residents took to the streets in peaceable protest, over the killings in Guma and Logo native Government councils.

    Gov. Ortom, pleaded for peace  in an announcement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Mr Tahav Agerzua in Makurdi.

    The governor strongly condemned the protests in some elements of the state capital and directed all safety operatives particularly, the Commissioner of Police Mr Bashir Makama, to make sure restoration of order within the affected areas.

    “The governor appeals to residents to stay calm and report any breach of peace to safety businesses for mandatory motion.

    “The state has suffered an excessive amount of losses when it comes to human lives and property and can’t afford one other spherical of disaster.

    “The Police should arrest those who cause trouble whoever they are, investigate the causes of the protests, and prosecute those responsible for breach of the peace,” Ortom directed.

    He assured Benue those who efforts can be intensified with the collaboration of the related safety businesses to revive peace and order to all elements of the state.