OrderPaperToday- A coalition of Civil Society groups in Benue State banded together to protest the indiscriminate killings in the state’s Agatu Local Government by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Storming the National Assembly on Wednesday, the protesters called for the immediate deployment of soldiers and policemen to the area to maintain law and order.
Coordinator of the groups, Paul Ede said the killings in Agatu by suspected herdsmen had stretched for weeks, leaving 400 persons dead.
According to Ede, since there was a humanitarian crisis in the area, with 5,000 persons rendered homeless, the federal government should set up a commission of inquiry to find out the remote and immediate cause of the crisis.
He pleaded for relief materials to be sent to the internally-displaced persons in the town,
Addressing the protesters, Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Bala Ibn Na’ Allah, assured them that the Senate would look into their demands.
“As far as the Senate is concerned, an injury to one Idoma man is an injury to all. We are with you 100 percent in the protest. We will take these demands back to senate and decision will be taken on them.”
Other senators who received the protesters were Mrs. Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North)n Mr. Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) and Mrs. Binta Garba (APC, Adamawa North).


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