Police in Makurdi, Benue State capital on Monday tear gassed hundreds of people who trooped out to protest the nonpayment of the SURE-P money, a development which resulted in serious stampede.
One of the protesters who fainted was later revived.
The protesters carried placards and leaves even as no government official was on hand to address them since Governor Samuel Ortom was not around.
As at the time of filing this report, the police officers were still stationed at the Government house round about restricting movement of vehicles and people.
It would be recalled that the immediate past administration of Suswam had made plans to absolve the SURE-P interns into the civil service of the state but Governor Ortom on assumption of office, reversed the decision amidst expectations that they would be paid their over 10 months stipends.
Though the present administration alleged that the SURE-P funds were diverted by previous administration leading to the setting up of Judicial Commission of Enquiry to probe how the funds and others were expended.

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