Angry youths in Wanunue, Tarka Local Government Area yesterday blocked the busy Makurdi-Gboko highway in protest of their youth leader who was allegedly killed in Tse Tia by suspected Fulani herdsmen last Sunday.
The development caused serious gridlock as commuters were stranded at Wanune while the angry youths turned down entreaties from several bodies to leave the road.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that suspected Fulani herders allegedly killed several indigenes of the community recently.
Government sources were however said to have attributed the incident to disagreement from a motor accident.
It took the intervention of the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Barr Takema Targema, who was sent by the governor of the state to make the youths to open up the road.
Initially, his appeal fell on deaf ears as the youths demanded to see the corpse of the slain youth leader which was in custody of the herdsmen.
It was when the corpse was recovered that the youths agreed to open up the road, even as they decried the misleading report that the protest was as a result of accident.
The state police spokesman, ASP Moses Yamu who confirmed the incident on phone said the youths had dispersed from the road, stating that herdsmen in the area alleged that two of their members and five cows were killed recently.
“The Fulani went on a reprisal attack during which a youth leader was killed. The road was cleared at about 1pm and normalcy has returned to the area,” Yamu affirmed.