Seven dead bodies have so far been counted with many others injured after Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked Abagena community housing Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Makurdi Local Area of Benue State on Monday.

The massacre ignited a massive protest by hundreds of survivors on Tuesday morning, as they blocked the Makurdi-Lafia highway, causing traffic gridlock.

The protesters blocked the highway with corpses of the victims of the shooting.

The State Governor Samuel Ortom, who was caught up in the gridlock appealed to the protesters to open the expressway for traffic flow.

While addressing angry youth who protested and blocked the Makurdi -Lafia road with the dead bodies, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to live up to his responsibility of protecting Nigerians.

He described the attack on the IDP camp as inhuman, barbaric and unacceptable.

The Governor who called for urgent action against the activities of militia herdsmen across the country said if the Federal Government had taken the issue of militia herders seriously, it wouldn’t have escalated to this level.

He lamented that in the last two weeks, over seventy persons had been killed in Makurdi Local Government alone while various communities across Benue are suffering from same militia herdsmen.