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Protest in Kaduna as gunmen kill one, abduct two


Hundreds of youths in Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna metropolis, on Saturday, protested against the killing of one person and the abduction of a woman and her son by gunmen in Juji community, a suburb of the area.
The gunmen were said to have invaded the community at about 10:00pm on Friday and killed a member of the vigilante while the wife and son of a businessman in the area were abducted.
The protesting youth who decried the incessant invasion and abduction in the community, blocked the busy Kachia Road, causing serious traffic.
A team of soldiers and policemen were deployed to the area to ensure law and order.
Saturday’s attack on the community is the second, since the beginning of the year.
The protesting youths accused security agencies and the government for allegedly not doing enough to tackle the menace of kidnapping and banditry in Kaduna.
They lamented the constant invasion of their community by bandits and alleged failure of government to provide adequate security to protect lives and property.
A community leader in the area who spoke on condition of anonymity said, the people were living in perpetual fear of the gunmen who come at any time and operate without being apprehended.
“Our people are living under fear of the unknown. These criminals usually come in a large number with sophisticated weapons.
“They came yesterday (Saturday) around 10:00pm and they killed one member of the vigilante group and abducted the wife and son of a businessman.
“The police were alerted during the incident, but they came hours after the criminals had fled.
“This is the second attack on our community since the beginning of the year. The first one took place about two weeks ago when they abducted a mother and her son.
“We feel that the security agents and government are not doing enough to tackle the situation. When you call them during emergencies, they don’t come in time, they come after the criminal had committed the act and left.
“The youths were protesting because of government and security agents don’t seem to be doing enough” he said.
Yakubu Sabo, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command could not be reach for reaction as his mobile phone was switched off at the time of filing this report.


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