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Benue killings: Orphans protest herdsmen invasion

FROM ROSE EJEMBI, MAKURDI.

CHILDREN of the TIVID Orphanage Home have staged a peaceful protest against what they deĀ­scribed as the unlawful occupation and invasion of Benue lands, as well as killing of Benue people by Fulani herders.
The children consist of those who were orphaned by Fulani herders in Guma, Gwer-west, Agatu, Makurdi and Apa local government areas of Benue as well as a few others from Nasarawa State.
Founder of the Orphanage Home, Mrs. Favour Adah Paul led the children from the Wurukum Roundabout through the streets of Makurdi to the State House of Assembly and terminated at the Government House, where they were received by the state governor, Samuel Ortom.
In a chat with our correspondent, Mrs. Paul urged the federal and state government to make laws to the effect that Fulanis should begin to ranch their cattle.
She lamented that the continuous occupation of Benue land by Fulani herders was posing serious threat to the Benue Agrarian nature, as the farmers can no longer go to farm for fear of being killed by the rampaging Fulani herders.
ā€œThe Fulanis should ranch their cows and allow Benue people go back to farm. We want to be sure that our home is safe. Government should step in and make laws to this effect. Pregnant women and children are being butchered like cows by these Fulani herders at the slightest provocation. They should go away and let us have our peace.ā€

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