Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Wednesday escaped death by whiskers when a protest against killings by Fulani herdsmen turned violent.

The governor had gone to placate the restive youths at Wurukum but his presence appeared to further irritate the demonstrators who accused him of incompetence.

His attempt to address the protesters was vehemently resisted. They insisted that the President should address them.

The protesters called on the presidency to bring the culprits to book and carried placards with inscriptions such as “presidential intervention needed”, “why value cows more than humans”, and “stop this incessant blood bath”.

Some of them chanted: “We will not vote for the present administration again at both the state and federal levels if this crises don’t stop.”

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Consequently, the protesters started throwing stones, empty water sachets and logs of wood at the governor while others thunderously booed him.

But security men responded swiftly and whisked the governor out of the riotous situation in a bullet-proof van.

Despite the anger, Ortom, while briefing reporters, called for calm over the situation and asked residents not to take the law into their hands.

“I have reported the matter to the president and we are expecting action. Some of the people we have evidence against are the leaders of Miyetti Allah who have been threatening the state. We are calling on the president to arrest them immediately,” he said.

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