- Angry Nigerians storm Abuja in protest against the incessant killings and kidnappings in Zamfara state
- The protesters lament that people are killed but the federal and state governments do less than expected
- The group calls for a state of emergency on Zamfara while urging support for the displaced people of the state
Parts of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, were hit by protests on Saturday, April 6, over the alleged continued killings and abduction of residents in Zamfara state by armed bandits.
The protesters also accused the governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari, of failing in his duties in the state.
Under the aegis of Concern Citizens (CC), mostly made up of youth and women were said to have converged at the unity fountain with placards carrying various inscriptions and asking the president to end the killings and kidnappings.
They also asked President Buhari to end poverty, declare a state of emergency against insecurity and support the internally displaced persons.
Daily Trust reports that Fatima Mustapha, one of the conveners of the protesting group, said it became important to embark on the match to condemn the incessant killings of innocent lives by armed bandits in Zamfara state.
He accused the federal and state governments of being unable to take urgent and drastic action to tame the killings.
According to her, a lot of lives have been lost on daily basis due to either attacks by bandits or kidnappings, while the relevant government bodies have often refused to act.
“It is quite unfortunate that a lot of blood of innocent souls is being lost on daily basis in Zamfara state and nothing is being done about it. And we feel, as a group of concern youth and women, we decided to come together from our various states of the federation to converge here in Abuja to tell the government that enough is enough,” she said.
The convener asked the federal government to declare a state of emergency against insecurity in the state and provide support for the IDPs.
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Mohammed Mukhtar Nadama, a native of Gusau, Zamfara, also disclosed that parts of communities in the state had been taken over by armed bandits and that this had been so for over seven years.
He lamented that the bandits killed at will without any action being taken by either the state or federal government.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the speaker of the Zamfara state House of Assembly, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, on Friday, April 5, said no fewer than 50 persons including members of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) were killed in Zamfara on Tuesday, April 2.
Rikiji, who revealed this during a condolence visit to Kaura Namoda emirate, attributed the incidence to CJTF confrontation with bandits in a community in Kaura Namoda local government area of the state.
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