Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has announced the imposition of a dusk to dawn curfew following a protest organized by Hausa-Fulani youths in Makurdi, the state capital today January 13th.
The Nation reports that some Hausa-Fulani youths at about 9am today, blocked all major streets and staged bloody protests in Makurdi.
The youths smashed vehicles, manhandled innocent people and shot others. The residents and business owners hurriedly closed their shops and ran home for fear of unknown.
The protests which caught many unaware started simultaneously at 9:30 a.m. in Wadata, Wurukum, Northbank and Angwan – Jukun areas, all in Makurdi town. These areas are mostly populated by Hausa- Fulani people. At Wadata, the Hausa youths barricaded the busy Ankpa quarters junction and smashed over 15 vehicles and injured many passengers until a team of policemen arrived the scene. They carried out their operation up to Madikpo and Dele Bookshop.
An attempt to break into Igbo electronic shops and cart away good was met with a stiff resistance from the traders who came together keep watch over their properties.
In the wake of the attacks, the state governor announced a dusk to dawn curfew.
Watch a video showing people running helter skelter during the protest below