- Senator Lidani was said to have arrived Talasse town on an unscheduled visit when the crowd gathered and refused to let him leave
- The protesters demand answers to why he had abandoned them for ages, only to 'sneak into town' on Monday, April 2
- One of the protesters, who confirmed Senator Lidani was 'hiding' in a traditional ruler's palace, said the people only wanted answers to their questions
Reports in Gombe say that Joshua Lidani, the senator representing Gombe South, has been held hostage by protesting members of his constituency.
Premium Times reports that a live Facebook update by an activist Ibrahim Wala on Monday, April 2 confirmed that the incident occurred when Senator Lidani paid an unscheduled visit to Talasse town, the headquarters of Balanga Local Government Area to meet with political associates.
The report further quoted one of the protesting constituents as saying on phone that Lidani is currently hiding inside the residence of the traditional ruler of the town.
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He said the protesters are asking the senator to come out and “answer some of their questions” after “he refused to visit Talasse since his election despite several appeals.”
He also accused the senator of always refusing to answer or return calls from the people of his constituency.
He said the police were invited to the scene but they had to retreat to a distance to avoid confrontation with the large crowd.
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“Apart from those at the emir’s palace, several youth groups have also blocked all other roads the senator may seek to sneak out, not just in Talasse here, but other villages along the road as well,” he said.
In a similar vein, Legit.ng reported earlier that a member of the House of Representatives Garba Hamman Julde was attacked by some angry people from his constituency in Taraba on Saturday, March 31.
Julde, who represents Bali/Gassol federal constituency, was stoned by his constituents for allegedly abandoning them.
According to reports, the angry citizens hurled stones at the lawmaker who was saved from very serious injuries by security operatives that ferried him to safety.
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