Hausa-Fulani youths in bloody protest in Benue • call for declaration of State of emergency over Benue government affront on Buhari/Fulani national leadership • attack Igbo electronics traders

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Hausa-Fulani youths in bloody protest in Benue

In what look like a well organised plot, some Hausa- Fulani youths blocked all major streets and staged bloody protests in Makurdi, Benue State, on Saturday.
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There was pandemonium in the state capital as the youths smashed vehicles, manhandled innocent people and shot others.
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The residents and business owners hurriedly closed their shops and ran home for fear of unknown.
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The protests which caught many unaware started simultaneously at 9:30 a.m. in Wadata, Wurukum, Northbank and Angwan – Jukun areas, all in Makurdi town.
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These areas are mostly populated by Hausa- Fulani people.
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At Wadata, the Hausa youths barricaded the busy Ankpa quarters junction and smashed over 15 vehicles and wounded many passengers until a team of policemen arrived the scene.
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They carried out their operation up to Madikpo and Dele Bookshop.
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But their attempt to break into Igbo electronic shops and cart away good was met with a stiff resistance from the traders and fight broke out.
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All the shops in Makurdi were shut and traders, mostly Igbos formed groups and keep watch over them to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage.
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Unconfirmed government source alleged that there was a grand plot to unleash mayhem in the state and forced the federal government to declare a state of emergency so as to remove governor Ortom from his seat.

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The state Governor, Samuel Ortom, through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, condemned the riots and asked security agents to arrest the suspect


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