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Angry youths protest bandits’ attacks, block Katsina highway 


Kaduna-Abuja highway protest bandits police

Angry youths of Yantumaki, Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State, early Monday morning barricaded the Katsina/Funtua Highway to protest bandits’ attack at Amarawa.

Bandits had attacked a village in the community on Monday, claiming two lives while not less than six persons allegedly died after an attack on Matazu and Musawa councils over the weekend.

The bandits, said to have injured several persons, burnt down houses and rustled domestic animals during the attacks.

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Eyewitnesses said the youths barricaded the highway as early as 6 a.m with unused tyres and debris, a development that disrupted traffic flow on the highway for hours.

The barricade made some travellers going to Funtua, Kaduna, Abuja, Sokoto and Gusau to turn back and wait at Dutsin-ma until security operatives later cleared the highway.

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The spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, said security operatives were on top of the situation.

He said, “Good morning house. We woke up this morning with a report of protest by some youths at Yantumaki area because of bandits’ attack at Amarawa village where two (2 ) villagers were killed by the hoodlums.

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“The Command in collaboration with military and other security agencies are on top of the situation as personnel and equipment are additionally deployed to deal with the recalcitrant bandits hibernating in the area. The Command is calling for calm and urges members of the communities around the area to join hands with security agencies in the ongoing onslaught against the hoodlums.”