Protest Erupts as Suspected Herders Claim Five Lives in Benue State

Protest Erupts as Suspected Herders Claim Five Lives in Benue State

A group of women took to the streets on Friday in Benue State to vehemently denounce the recent killing of five individuals, allegedly orchestrated by suspected herders.


This demonstration marked a significant expression of public discontent regarding the prevailing state of insecurity in the area.

A Determined Stand for Justice

Reports from the region indicated that the women rallied together to stage a protest on the Makurdi/Laafia/Abuja federal highway during the early hours of Friday.

Their main objective was to convey their profound dissatisfaction with the alarming security situation. As early as 5 am, these women converged on the highway, united by their strong desire to address the issue at hand.

Grieving Lives Lost and Demanding Accountability

Adamgbe, one of the sources familiar with the situation, disclosed that the recent violence had claimed the lives of five individuals across separate attacks in Ngban and Nyian—two communities within the Guma local government area.


Suspected herders were implicated in these tragic incidents, fueling the women’s determination to protest against such brutality.

A Standoff with Purpose

Christopher Waku, the security officer representing the Guma local government, corroborated the authenticity of the fresh killings.

He relayed that the women had taken a resolute stance, occupying the Makurdi/Abuja federal highway since the early hours.

Their demonstration resonated through emotionally charged songs, effectively halting the passage of vehicles traveling between Abuja and Makurdi.

Waku shared further insight into the situation, explaining that the women’s protest was a direct response to the deaths of three individuals in Ngban during the previous night, and two more in Nyian on that very morning.


Their demand was clear—they vowed not to disperse until they had the opportunity to engage with the governor directly.

Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia also joined in this call for dialogue with the governor.

Seeking Accountability Amidst Challenges

Efforts to gather an official statement from the Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, proved unfruitful, as her phone remained unanswered.

This left a void in the official response, highlighting the ongoing challenges of communication and coordination in the face of such tragic events.

In conclusion, the determined women of Benue State took a stand against the violence that had claimed the lives of five individuals.


Their protest on the Makurdi/Laafia/Abuja federal highway echoed their grief and frustration, demanding accountability and prompt action from the government in the midst of mounting security concerns.

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