Some irate youth on Sunday, April 21, took over the byepass corridor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe highway making it difficult for motorists as they protested against the increasing rate of kidnapping in Kaduna state.
But the Kaduna state police command said it had restored law and order on express way after irate youths blocked the byepass over an alleged overnight kidnapping in Kaduna.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that suspected gunmen stormed Rariya community near Kabala around 1am and allegedly kidnapped some people, leading to protests over the incident.
The report quoted a resident, Abubakar Ladan, as alleging that three women, a teenager and a man were kidnapped, an incident confirmed by the command's public relations officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo.
It was learnt that the residents protested against alleged police delay and inaction while the incident was going on.
According to Sabo, when the incident was reported to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), he lead a team of personnel to the area for rescue.
"When they went there, the suspected kidnappers had ran away.
"Instead of the people to give police cooperation to see how to address the issue, they decided to protest and block the highway," he said.
He explained that blocking of a highway was wrong because “this highway is connecting many states of the federation.
"When you are expressing your grievances, you must not tamper with the rights of others.
“They went to police station and protested and attempted to burn it."
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Sabo explained that all measures to pacify them and make them understand the civil obligation on them failed.
As a result, the police decided to use what he called "minimum force" to disperse them while their leader was arrested.
Legit.ng earlier reported how communal clashes in Benue escalated with 11 persons killed after gunmen opened fire on Christian worshippers at Tse-Aye and Tse-Ngibo, Ikurav Tiev in Katsina-Ala local government area.
It was reported that the attack was as a result of the rivalry between the people of Shitile and neighbouring communities in Sankera area of the state comprising Logo, Ukum and Katsina/Ala local government areas.
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