- An army of students are protesting the killings by suspected herdsmen in Benue state
- The protesters carrying placards blocked major streets, leading to traffic
- The Benue state students have asked the Meyitti Allah Vigilante Group to leave
A report by The Nation indicates that students on Monday, August 17, took to the streets to protest killings by suspected herdsmen in Benue state.
The protesters who carried placards blocked major streets which led to heavy traffic in Makurdi, the state capital.
It was reported that Benue state students asked the Miyetti Allah Vigilante Group to leave.
At the time of filing this report, the students were heading to Government House, Makurdi.
The protest is coming a few days after Governor Samuel Ortom vowed that the Socio-Cultural Fulani group, Miyetti Allah Kautal, will not be permitted to operate in the state in any guise.
According to the governor, Miyetti Allah is not in the state and will never be. Ortom disclosed this in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase.
The governor who dismissed claims by the Fulani group that it is embedded in Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) and already functional in 36 states in the country said the group likely has an ulterior motive.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that some heavily armed suspected herdsmen very late on Saturday, June 6, attacked three communities in Benue state.
Confirming this, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Sunday, June 7, said the attack took place in the three communities in Guma local government area of the state and was carried out by suspected armed herdsmen.
The spokesperson of the police in the state, Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident and the time the attack was carried out.
In other news, Governor Ortom has reacted to the threat of the Miyetti Allah Kauta Hore to take legal action against him and Benue state over the group's controversial attempt to establish a vigilante group in the state.
The group had said it would establish a vigilante group across the country as part of measures to curtail insecurity.
Governor Ortom, however, warned the association against establishing the vigilante group in Benue state, describing the move as another ploy to take its activities to another level.
Responding to Ortom, the Fulani socio-cultural group asked the Benue governor to tender an apology or be taken to court.
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