- A police station has been set ablaze by angry youths protesting over rampant kidnapping and banditry in their community
- The youths blocked a major expressway calling on governments at all levels to intervene in the crisis
- The youths mainly from Gauraka community in Niger state lamented that their area is under siege by bandits
Angry youths protesting over the abduction of 15 persons by bandits on Monday, May 24 vandalized and burnt the Gauraka police station in Tafa local government area of Niger state.
According to a report by The Nation, 15 people were abducted by bandits in the Gauraka community when bandits in their large number stormed the community.
The bandits were said to have moved from house to house to forcefully drag their victims out of their homes, a pregnant woman was said to be among the abductees.
An unspecified number of persons were said to have sustained injuries while some were killed in the incident.
The youths who were protesting over what they termed as the increasing spate of abductions in Suleja and Tafa local government areas took to the road blocking the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
The incident was also confirmed in a press statement signed by the spokesman of the Niger state police command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun.
The statement which called for calm stated that efforts are being made to rescue the victims while expressing dismay over the burning of the Gauraka police outpost by the angry youths
Part of the statement read:
“At about 0635hrs of the same date, some miscreants blocked both sides of Abuja–Kaduna expressway, protesting the recent cases of kidnapping in the community. The miscreants later extended the protest to Gauraka police outpost, vandalized and set it ablaze.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the youths demanded that the state and federal government end the incessant attacks in the area.
Some of the residents lamented that kidnappers now terrorise their community freely, adding that they can no longer sleep due to insecurity.
According to them, more than thirty people have been abducted in the Gauraka area from January to May.
Recall that three days ago, armed bandits abducted not less than 12 residents of the Kwankwashe community in the Suleja local government Area of Niger state during an attack.
The attackers on the night of Wednesday, May 19, stormed the village which is not far from Abuja, and killed at least one person.
They were said to have raided the village for more than an hour before police officers intervened.