Benue Youth Forum raises alarm over planned sponsored protests in Makurdi

Benue Youth Forum raises alarm over planned sponsored protests in Makurdi

- A group of Benue youths has raised an alarm over alleged plans to disrupt the peace of the state

- According to the group, there are plans to sponsor youth protests in Makurdi, the state capital against Governor Samuel Ortom

- The Forum alleged that the plan was hatched by a serving senator in the state

The Benue Youth Forum has raised an alarm over alleged plans to sponsor youth protests in Makurdi, the state capital, against Governor Samuel Ortom.

The forum made the allegation in a statement sent to on Tuesday, July 31, by its president, Terrence Kuanum.

The forum said the plot was hatched after attempts to impeach Governor Ortom at the state House of Assembly failed.

Part of the statement read: “With the failure of their plot to impeach Governor Samuel Ortom, enemies of Benue have embarked on plan B to sponsor youth protests in Makurdi from tomorrow against the governor.

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“The plot is part of the smear campaign against the governor which is being coordinated by a serving senator from the state. The senator is a key member of the larger group of conspirators in Abuja.

“The protesters have been told to falsely accuse Govermor Ortom on many issues and accuse Benue people of killing themselves. The target of the protest is convince the people that the killings are not carried out by Fulani herdsmen as widely believed. The mobilized youths will also say the anti-open grazing law is the cause of the killings and should be suspended immediately.

“The youths will also drum support for APC, President Buhari and their immediate paymaster the senator.

“During the protests, the paid youths will call for declaration of emergency in Benue and demand for the reinstatement of the impeached Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly.”

The group also alleged that the sealing off and chasing out of workers of the state House of Assembly on Tuesday, July 31, is part of the plot.

“The protesters will also demand the reappointment of key members of the Benue state executive council who are allies of the senator and were recently kicked out of government, particularly those who occupied positions where money was flowing for the running of their empire.

“If the protests fail, plan C of the group is to begin the withdrawal of Operation Whirl Stroke troops to allow Fulani herdsmen free passage to parts of Benue to cause more pain on the people."

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Meanwhile, an All Progressives Congress lawmaker representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, has condemned the invasion of the Benue state House of Assembly.

“Security men deployed to the House of Assembly should be withdrawn. The right of the governor and every Nigerian to belong to any political party should be respected . Respect my right to my choice even if you don’t believe in it,” he tweeted.

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