A video claiming that herdsmen killed people along Benin-Ore road in Edo state has been confirmed to be false. The video has long gone viral.
The two-minute 39 seconds video showed stranded people and a queue of cars along the expressway.
The person who made the video had claimed that people were stranded because herdsmen killed residents of Igbogi village along the expressway.
“The machetes Fulani herdsmen carried were more than 200. They have blocked the road, nobody can help us. We have been here since 6am, nobody can pass. Even police and soldiers can’t pass. We are stranded,” he said.
“They have killed about 10 people here now. They just carried about two corpses here now. This is an emergency, we need help. Fulani herdsmen have killed the villagers, they are still hiding inside the bushes.”
However, checks by TheCable revealed that a protest by villagers caused the traffic which lasted three hours on Saturday.
A villager identified as Adebayo Abudu was said to have been kidnapped and his corpse was later discovered by the police. As the corpse was about to be taken to a morgue for autopsy, the family protested, seized the body and laid it on the expressway, causing traffic gridlock.
A combined team of soldiers and policemen eventually cleared the gridlock.
Below is the video.