Angry residents block Kaduna-Abuja highway over bandit attacks

By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna

Angry residents of Anguwar Magaji in Chikun Local Government Area of the state, have blocked the ever-busy Kaduna-Abuja highway in protest of the killing of a 13-year-old girl by marauding bandits.

Meanwhile, thousands of travelers who were left stranded in the guagmire, lamented the road blockade.

But members of the Anguwar Magaji community said the protest was done to draw the attention of the government to constant attacks on the community by bandits.

One of the community members said they could no longer tolerate the unprovoked attacks of the bandits, who had prevented them from going to their farms and now coming to attack them at home.

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According to him, “we are tired of attacks by bandits, we cannot go to our farms and yet they will follow us to our homes to abduct us for ransom. They killed a 13-year-old girl, a security man in the village as well as abducted other residents including the family of the village head.

“All we are saying is that, we want security or we should be allowed to protect ourselves against the bandits.”

When our correspondent visited the scene, the angry protesters insisted that no one will pass.

They also shunned the security personnel who were appealing to them to reopen the road.

Both women and children some of whom were half-naked were mobilized to the highway for the protest which held around Angwar Doma before the Kakau interchange flyover.

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