- A fresh protest by IDPs has caused traffic gridlock at the busy Makurdi-Lafia highway in Benue state
- The displaced persons were said to be protesting against the killing of 10 people in their camp by suspected herdsmen
- Governor Ortom has appealed to the protesters to vacate the highway to enable free flow of traffic
Hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have blocked the Makurdi-Lafia highway over the alleged killing of 10 persons by herdsmen in their camp on Monday night, April 26, The Nation has reported.
Legit.ng gathers that they blocked the highway with corpses of the slain inmates, causing gridlock on the busy expressway.
It was learnt that the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, had shown up at the highway and appealed to the protesters to open the expressway for traffic flow.
In a related development, Governor Ortom recently accused the federal government of being an accomplice to herdsmen attacks across the country.
Ortom alleged that the attitude of the Nigerian government towards the activities of armed herdsmen and bandits demonstrates complicity in the killings and kidnappings.
The governor also claimed that their actions and inactions have demonstrated that the FG accepts what the suspects are doing.
In other news, Legit.ng reported troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) arrested the district head of Cha (Mue Ter Cha), H R H Chief Utambe Adzer for allegedly being in the possession of illegal weapons.
The soldiers stormed the palace of two traditional rulers in Ukum local government area of Benue state on Saturday, April 24, based on intelligence reports.
While Adzer was nabbed the second district head, Chief Teran Kwanghbo was said to have escaped through the backdoor of his palace when he learned that his colleague had been arrested.
Meanwhile, some students of the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi (FUAM) in Benue state were abducted by gunmen.
The abduction which occurred on Sunday night, April 25, had been confirmed by the school authorities.
Rosemary Waku, a spokesperson for the institution in a statement disclosed that the matter has been reported to the police.