- Some residents in Niger state are unhappy over the insecurity situation in their community
- The free flow of traffic on Abuja-Kaduna Highway has been disrupted by protesting community residents
- The Niger state government has not reacted to the protests
Some residents in Niger state have blocked the Abuja-Kaduna highway to protest the alleged incessant cases of kidnapping in the Gauraka community, Tafa local government area of the state.
The protesters burnt tyres and halted vehicular movement on the highway.
Channels TV reported that the protesters demanded that the state and federal government end the incessant attacks in the area.
Some of the residents told the TV station that kidnappers now terrorise their community freely. They stated that they can no longer sleep in the due to insecurity
According to them, more than thirty people have been abducted in the Gauraka area from January to May.
Channels TV, citing eyewitnesses, confirmed that the suspects attacked five communities, leaving many others injured in an interview on Sunday, May 23.
According to residents of the affected communities, the bandits on Saturday afternoon, May 22, invaded the communities in large numbers and started shooting sporadically, killing innocent residents.
In another news, armed bandits have succeeded in abducting not less than 12 residents of the Kwankwashe community in the Suleja local government Area of Niger state during an attack.
The assailants were said to have raided the village for more than an hour before police officers intervened.
Still on security, armed bandits staged an attack in Kontagora town in Niger state killing Alhaji Bashar Saidu Namaska, the eldest son of the Emir of Kontagora.
Daily Trust reported that the attack occurred on Wednesday, May 19, on the Emir’s farm along Zuru road.
The emir's late son was said to be on the farm when the bandits attack and shot Namaska along with some other people working for him.