The National Union of Benue State Students on Thursday, thronged the major streets of Makurdi, the state capital to express their outrage over the killing of one of their colleagues by armed herdsmen last weekend.
In the course of the protest, the students blocked the roads around the Wurukum Roundabout and the entrance to the Benue State University for over two hours, crippling social and commercial activities around the areas.
The students’ colleague had travelled home to inform his parents that he had successfully completed his final year project when he was killed by herdsmen.
The protesting students, who were seen chanting war songs, carried placards with inscriptions, such as; ‘enough of Fulani Killings in Benue’, ‘herdsmen must go’, ‘no more grazing in Benue’, etc, called on the Benue and federal governments to act fast to stop the wanton killing of the innocent citizens of the state.
Addressing the crowd of students at the Wurukum Roundabout, the leader of the aggrieved students, Joshua Tarbunde, appealed to the Benue State House of Assembly to speedily pass the anti-grazing bill before it to phase out killer herdsmen from the state.
He said, ”We don’t want Fulani in our communities in Benue, Fulani must leave us alone because we have no power to fight them. Just take a look at this, this innocent boy had suffered all through in the university and only for him to be killed by Fulani men after he left school for home to inform his poor parents in the village about his success in the school so far.”
It took the intervention of the police to calm down frayed nerves and clear the barricades placed on major roads for commuters to pass.