Markurdi Boils Over Fulani Killings
Following protest against Fulani herdsmen over continued killing of Benue farmers, business and commercial activities were paralysed in Makurdi, Benue state capital.
The protesters who were over 300 in numbers took over the busy Makurdi-Gboko double carriage way and brought down Traffic for a halt for several hours.
There was Traffic gridlock from Wurukum round about to Low level round about.
Decked in colorful branded T-shirts on top of black jeans, heavy escorted security operatives made up of Mobile and regular policemen including armed men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) match through major streets in Makurdi in the sorting sun.
The branded T shirts and banners read. No more grazing in Benue, Stop the killings.
The protesters were made up of students, social media activist, market women, Union leaders and farmers came under the umbrella of “Move Against Fulani Occupation (MAFO) .
The protests who were peaceful in their conduct came across the 23 local government area particularly the areas which recently came under fulani attacked like Agatu, Tarkaa, Buruku, Logo,Makurdi and Guma local government areas .
One of the protesters who spoke to The Nation Comradr Edward Dooga said they have decided to draw the attention of the international communities and the world over the continued killings by Fulani herdsmen, who also have occupied farmlands.
Another social media activist who was among the protesters; Ukan Kulugh said there is eminent danger of food scarcity if the activities of the herdsmen are not checked saying the herdsmen have forcefully occupied about seven local government area s ,who the inhabitants are peasant farmers.
Ukan Kulugh noted that why the inhabitants are taking refuge in primary schools as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Fulani herdsmen are grazing on their farm and have completely destroyed whatever crop is planted.
At press time, the protesters were seen heading towards Government House Makurdi.