Insecurity: Niger youths block highways in protest

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From Mathew Jwantu. Minna

Concerned by the incessant attacks on Lagos-Kaduna Highway, by armed bandits and kidnappers in the adjoining forest, Youths in Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger Dtste, yesterday, staged a protest blocking the main road in the area.

The youths carried placards accusing the government of negligence.

They also lamented the poor conditions of the IDP camps in the locality.

The demanded the state government to humanitarian relief to displaced persons in Kukoki, Rafin Wayam, Rafin Kwakwa, Gidan Dogo-gurgu, Maranji and Hanawanka villages.

The protest is coming barely two days after armed bandits numbering about two hundred had overrun Kokoki village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

Meanwhile Police in Niger State have confirmed the death of one person following the violence that trailed the local government primary elections conducted by the All Progressives Congress across the state on Saturday.

Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abubakar Dan-Inna in a statement said violence erupted after the results of the APC Primaries in Shiroro local government area were announced.

DSP Dan-Inna said contrary to the claim that two lives were lost, only one death has so far been confirmed.

He said after the successful conduct of the primaries, thugs of one of the aspirants having realised that the results were not in their favour, blocked the road, attacked the vehicle of the returning officer and burnt down an unknown number of motorcycles.

The APC chairman in Shiroro local government, Mr Peter Kaburu had told our correspondent that two persons were killed and four others injured.

The Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District where the violence ensued, Sani Musa has however condemned the incidence, describing it as unfortunate.

In a press release issued by Senator Sani Musa on Sunday, he said the incidence was unhealthy for political development in the state.

He said politics was not a do-or-die affair and politicians must imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship whereby losers must learn to accept their fate and victors must carry those who have lost along.

“I condemn in strong terms what has happened, and therefore call for investigation into the matter to ascertain what really transpired.
Politics is not a do-or-die affair. Losers must learn to accept their fate and victors must embrace those who lost and work together with them.”

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