Youth protest killings in southern Kaduna

Some youth on Saturday protested what they called “the unabated killings in the southern part of Kaduna State”, a development they described as “very unfortunate” considering the presence of security personnel in the area.

Nasiru Jagaba, the National Youth Leader, Middle Belt Forum, who led the protest along NNPC Junction, Kachia road, Kaduna, alleged a conspiracy in the ongoing killings.

Mr Jagaba, the immediate past Youth Leader, Southern Kaduna People’s Union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the people were being killed even with the presence of security personnel deployed to maintain peace in the area.

He said, “We are here today to bring to public knowledge the ongoing killings in the southern part of Kaduna State.

“We want the public and the internal community to know the systematic attacks on southern Kaduna communities in spite of the curfew imposed in the area by the state government.

“There were (a) series of attacks in recent times with a huge number of deaths being recorded, but up to now there has not been any arrest.

“Only the victims are being arrested instead of the attackers, who find their way into the area … and carry out their barbaric acts unchallenged.”

Mr Jagaba advised the government to take decisive steps to stop the killings to prevent a situation that could lead to total breakdown of law and order.

He dismissed reports making the rounds about the killings being reprisal, alleging that the attackers were “mercenaries hired” to cause trouble in the area.

The heavily armed security personnel, who arrived in no fewer than 15 vehicles, stormed the area and began to confiscate placards from the protesters in a bid to stop the protest.

 

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