Banditry: Katsina communities protest incessant attacks 


Following the rampant   banditry that took lie of thousands  residents of communities in Kurfi local government area of Katsina state have protested in the area.

Blueprint  gathered that most of those who joined the protest Friday were from Birchi, Wurma and other nearby communities, 

The protesters blocked the Dutsin Ma – Katsina highway from around 10 a.m.

They burnt corn stalks and tyres on the highway, but they did not harm motorists  plying the roads.

“They conducted themselves,  because there was no case of attacking motorists,” a motorist, Bala Aliyu, who was passing-by en route to Kankara for a wedding fatiha said.

Bala stated that alongside other motorists, they spent about 30 minutes waiting for the protesters to calm down before they continue their journey.

Kurfi is one of the most vulnerable local government areas in Katsina state.

Wurma, a community with less than 40 kilometres from the state capital, has witnessed three consecutive attacks on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday night.

During Tuesday attack, a newly built primary healthcare centre, houses, vehicles and police outpost were burnt down by the terrorists.

The state governor, Dikko Radda, vowed to continue the fight against terrorists in the state.

Radda was at the Wurma community on Friday after returning from two weeks trip. He shed tears while addressing both the protesters and community leaders.

In a statement by his chief press secretary, Governor Radda said the protesters had every reason to be angry.

He called on the protesters to channel their energies into supporting the Joint Task Force, members of the Community Watch Corp and other security agencies.

He said his administration would mobilise 100 security personnel to the community to ensure the safety of lives and property.