Police warn as angry locals block Kaduna-Abuja highway, protest bandits’ attacks

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Incensed residents of Chikun Local Government Area blocked the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Saturday while protesting incessant attacks and abduction by bandits.

Seething with rage, the residents said they had come under series of attacks by bandits throughout the week, the latest being on Friday night, at about 10pm when gunmen invaded Ungwan Dogo, killing two persons and abducting no fewer than twenty-two others.

Kakau Community is located along the Kaduna-Abuja highway, on the outskirts of Kaduna metropolis.

Residents lament that they have lost sleep due to the activities of kidnappers who have continued to terrorize them.

But the police warned residents against further blockade of highways in the state in the name of protest.

The Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, gave the warning through a statement by the command’s spokesperson, ASP Mohammed Jalige, on Saturday in Kaduna.

He stressed that all interest groups wishing to stage a protest must follow due process, failing which the law will be allowed to take its full course.

Muri said the Command is always receptive to complaints from all quarters, adding that the best approach to tackling insecurity is through Police-Community engagement.

He described recent blockade of highways by protesters as “very worrisome”, stressing that the current security challenges are being addressed by government and security agencies.

“The top management and government are doing everything possible to restore normalcy to the affected areas.

“It is therefore necessary to be on the same page with all stakeholders and affected communities to ensure that the enemies of the State are defeated,” he added.

Muri advised those staging the protests to stop, as that will only create additional problems rather than tackle the security challenges adequately.

“The Command, however, is perturbed with the recent activities of some communities engaging in protests and the untoward blocking of highways with its attendant troubles for innocent commuters.

“Such will not be tolerated and the acts will be viewed seriously according to extant laws of the land.

“The Command is working round the clock to ensure that normalcy is restored and would not fold its hands to be distracted.

“Protest cannot be seen as the solution to the current situation, therefore, the command is advising all interest groups and communities to always go through appropriate channels with their grievances,” Muri said. 

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