by Azeez Adeniyi
In response to attacks on two villages by suspected Fulani herdsmen, Benue youths on Thursday protested and barricaded the Npayango Federal Highway in the state.
Some suspected Fulani herdsmen had reportedly attacked and killed many in Tse Igba Uke and Aliade villages in Gwer Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday night.
It was gathered that the youths killed six persons suspected to be Fulani herdsmen during the protest.
It was learnt that travelers were stranded along the highway, which is a major route to the southern part of the country.
The Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP. Joel Moses, confirmed that six persons were killed by the youths.
He said minimal force was used to disperse the protesters.
He said, “The youths barricaded the Npanyango Road and also killed six motorists who they suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, so we had to deploy our men who used minimum force to disperse them.”
He said the suspected herdsmen carried out the attack on Wednesday night, following an attack on their cattle by some youths of the village.