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Agatu Killings: Idoma Protest Before NASS

Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja

A coalition of civil society groups from Benue State on Wednesday besieged the National Assembly Complex in protest of the killings in Agatu, a local government area, in the State.

The protesters, who were in their hundreds, had earlier marched to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Ministry of Justice, where they demanded that the Federal Government urgently intervene in the crisis.

Addressing a group of lawmakers led by the Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Ibn Na’Allah, the Coordinator of the protest, Mr. Paul Ede, said that the killings in Agatu by suspected herdsmen had continued for weeks.

Ede also claimed that 400 people had fallen from the swords of the marauders.

He also claimed that there was a humanitarian crisis in the area, stating that 5, 000 people had become homeless.

Ede, therefore, demanded that the Federal Government set up a commission of inquiry to look into cause of the crisis.

He also demanded for an immediate deployment of soldiers and policemen to Agatu to maintain law and order.

He asked that relief materials be sent to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the town, and an immediate restoration of peace in the area.

Speaking to the crowd, 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 a decision will be taken on them,” he said.

Other senators, who were with Na’Allah to receive the protesters, include: Stella Oduah, Dino Melaye and Binta Garba.

The UNION reports that the protesters had converged on Unity Fountain in Abuja from where they set out for their cause.

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