Furious youths from Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State late on Thursday stormed Government house in Benin City with the body of one of the seven people killed by suspected herdsmen in the locality.
This comes barely 24 hours after seven persons were feared dead in Ugboke, Oshodi, Okokodo, Ariyan and Yoruba camp in the Local Government Area of the State.
The protesters, according to reports, rejected the advice given to them by the Nigeria police attached to Ekiadolor Division to deposit the body in morgue, before they embarked on over 15 kilometres march.
The angry youths who sang dirges, issued the Government a three-day ultimatum to address the problem of insecurity in the area and secure lives and property, and lamented that attacks and killings of rural dwellers are yet to abate despite repeated assurances by the Government to protect them.
Mr. Michael Idahosa who spoke of behalf of the protesters, alleged that the Communities could no longer bear the incessant attacks on the farmers, adding that they decided to bring the body to government house so that the Governor could see their plight.
“We are here to protest the killings by herdsmen in our communities. The governor came to Ovia North East in 2017 when herdsmen killed one of our persons and promised to tackle the problem of herdsmen in our local government, but the government did not,” he said.
But the State deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu who received the protesters, assured them that the government would intensify efforts at providing adequate security to check the rising spate of herders killing activities in the State.
“As a State, we have made up our mind not to lament but look for solutions on how to protect our country and our state. There was also an attack in the early hours of today in Niger State; it’s a national problem. As we speak now, Governor Godwin Obaseki and other governors are in Abuja to discuss this insecurity issue in our country”, according to him.