A coalition of civil society groups from Benue State, yesterday stormed the National Assembly to protest against the wanton destruction of lives and properties in Agatu Local Government by suspected Fulani herdsmen, and called for the immediate deployment of soldiers and policemen to the area to maintain law and order.
Coordinator of the groups, Paul Ede who led others in the protest, said the killings in Agatu by suspected herdsmen had continued for weeks. He claimed that 400 persons had lost their lives to the invaders and about 5,000 rendered homeless.
They asked that the federal government set up a commission of inquiry to find out the remote and immediate cause of the crisis. The protesters also demanded for an immediate deployment of security operatives to Agatu to maintain law and order, and also 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 decisions will be taken on them,” the senator said.
The protesters had earlier marched to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the ministry of justice where they demanded that the government should urgently intervene in the crisis.