A popular twitter influencer known as Aproko Doctor has reacted to the reported murder of about 36 persons in Benue State by some suspected Fulani herdsmen. It was contained in a news report by Sahara Reporters that there has been an outrage in Benue State following ‘Fulani Herdsmen Massacre of 36 Benue Residents and College Students’ yesterday.
Sahara Reporters gathered that some gunmen suspected to be Fulani Herdsmen attacked a Benue community in the early hours of Thursday and they reportedly truncated lives of no fewer than 36 residents. Sahara Reports learnt that there are still discrepancies in the total number of ‘casualties’ recorded as some reports claim that the attackers might have murdered up to 100 residents during the attack.
The report by Sahara Reporters states categorically that the Fulani Herdsmen struck Shikaan Mbagena Kpav which is a TIV community in Benue State killing several people including but not limited to students of the College of Education in Katsina, Ala amongst other residents. The incident has stirred massive outrage amongst Nigerians on social media as they now use the hashtag ‘#BenueUnderAttack’ to protest heavily against the reported ‘genocide’.
One of the people who have condemned the incident is a popular social media influencer and medical practitioner Aproko Doctor. He writes on twitter that ‘We can’t fold our hands and watch anymore. #BenueUnderAttack. People are being killed in their homes and lands and the government is watching. This is a ticking time bomb. Protect all Nigerian citizens.’
Other people used the #BenueUnderAttack hashtag to also protest and appeal to the Government to save the lives of the people. A twitter user @KatorTarkaa says ‘As the killings keep rising and nothing substantial is being done, we all in Benue State and the entire Middle Belt may end up losing our lives, our identity and our land if we fail to rise up now! This is genocide and must be referred to as such!!! #BenueUnderAttack’.
A twitter user @BenueElites writes that ‘For how long will we keep on suffering? They drive us out of our homes, take our lands. We seek refuge in our IDP camps, they go ahead to attack us there. Enough is enough! We demand all stake holders at all levels to do the needful