- Adamawa youths in Girei local government are protesting the spate of kidnapping in the area
- The youths blocked the federal highway passing through Girei community to Yola and vowed not to open it until the state governor and the commissioner of police address them
- A spokesman of the protesting youths, Hamman-Girei, said no fewer than 10 people in the community have been killed and about 70 million paid as ransom
Hundreds of youths in Girei local government area of Adamawa staged a protest on Tuesday, January 7, over the incessant kidnappings in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the youths blocked the federal highway passing through Girei community to Yola, the state capital, and other parts of the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the protest caused some inconvenience as many travellers and motorists were stranded.
The protesting youths vowed that the road will remain blocked until the state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, and the state commissioner of police address them and give assurance that the security menace will be addressed.
A spokesman of the protesting youths, Alhaji Saidu Hamman-Girei, said no fewer than 10 people in the community have been killed by kidnappers.
Hamman-Girei added that about N70 million had also been paid as ransom to kidnappers.
He alleged that some suspects arrested in connection with kidnappings in the area were on the verge of being released by the police and demanded an explanation from the state's police commissioner.
Speaking on the development, the police spokesperson in the state, DSP Suleiman Yahaya, said the commissioner of police had sent a senior officer to Girei to handle the situation.
Contrary to Hamman-Girei's allegation, Yahaya said that eight suspected kidnappers arrested were already facing prosecution in court, adding that four others had been transferred to Abuja for further investigations.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Adamawa chapter, Reverend Lawan Andimi, was kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.
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The cleric was kidnapped during the recent attack by the insurgents on Michika in the northeast state.
Reverend Andimi's abduction was confirmed by traditional rulers in the area to the deputy governor of the state, Crowther Seth.
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