The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, was reportedly stoned while trying to calm protesters at Wurukum in Makurdi on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
According to reports, the protesters, who were aggrieved as a result of the fresh killings by suspected herdsmen, booed the governor despite raising an earlier alarm over the attack.
Ortom, it was reported, had gone to calm the angry youths who vowed to remain on the streets until a decisive action is taken against the attackers, when he was stoned and booed.
Residents had reportedly trooped out in their thousands on Wednesday morning wielding placards with inscriptions such as ‘Presidential Intervention needed’, ‘Why value cows more than Humans’, ‘Stop this incessant bloodbath’, and chanting anti-government songs.
The residents and youths barricaded major roads leading in and out of Makurdi as soldiers drafted to quell the protest and prevent mayhem found it difficult to control the crowd.