SEVERAL youths and women under the auspices of Concerned of Benue Mothers marched through major streets of Makurdi on Wednesday to protest an alleged verbal attacks on the State Governor, Samuel Ortom by the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume.

The protest tagged, ‘5,000 march in support of governor’, started from J. S. Tarka Foundation and terminated at Government House, Makurdi, where the protesters reiterated their unalloyed support for the governor.

Leader of the protesters, Mrs Rebecca Apedzan, noted that suspected Fulani militias had been killing their children, husbands and mothers, and sacking people from their ancestral home, adding that Akume was taking side with the President, Major General Muhammed Buhari (retd.).

The protesters said the state governor, who had been at the forefront of fighting insecurity in the country, was being attacked by the Federal Government.

The protesters called on Akume, to apologise to the people of the state for his statement against the governor and the state.

Akume had in a press conference held in Abuja last Monday accused Ortom of disrespecting the President and called for the declaration of a state of emergency in Benue.

Apedzan said, “These Fulani militias not only kill our children, husbands and mothers and sack them from their ancestral homes; they also rape our daughters and mothers.

“It is surprising that Senator Akume who has benefited so much from Benue State will turn around to seek to destroy it for his selfish reasons. This is someone who was elected governor for eight years and senator for 12 years.”

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