Makurdi residents have rallied by the thousands to protest the January 2 attack on farmers by Fulani herdsmen, in which 20 people were killed.
Protesters call the presidency to bring the culprits to book.
Protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as ‘Presidential Intervention Required’, ‘Why Evaluate Cows for Humans’ and ‘Stop That Ceaseless Bloodbath’.
Some chanted: ‘We will not vote again for the current administration at both the state and the federal level if this crisis does not stop’.
The protests involved mostly youths who barricaded major roads leading in and out of Makurdi, the state capital.
Young people vowed not to leave the street before the presidency talks about the murders.
They also asked the government to intervene in the series of other attacks on some rural communities by armed Fulani Herdsmen.
Mr.. Terhemen Anum, told NAN on Wednesday that residents of the Guma and Logo local government areas have not yet determined the number of peasants, women, children and aged people who were killed.
Mrs Ruth Agba also said that the Benue farmers’ slaughter and the destruction of their homes and farms were no different from Boko Haram’s activities in the north-east.
Benue’s Governor Samuel Ortom told reporters on Tuesday that 20 people were killed in chaos.
Ortom called on the federal government to embark on this affair in order to prevent further destruction of lives and property.
Meanwhile, the Police in Benue has confirmed the arrest of eight herdsmen in connection of the New Year Day’s attacks in Guma and Logo Local Governments.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Moses Yamu, said on Wednesday in Makurdi, “eight herdsmen, six in Guma and two in Logo, have been arrested in connection with the attacks”.
He added that the command had made additional deployments to the troubled area to forestall further occurrence and restore confidence of the people.