By Bashir Bello
KATSINA – Hundreds of angry youths, women on Tuesday took to the street of Batsari local government area of Katsina State to protest insecurity in the area.
Batsari is one of the eight front line with high cases of insecurity ranging from kidnapping to armed banditry in the state.
The angry persons were seen carrying placards with inscriptions such as, “Batsari no security,” “FG, State government come to our aid,” among others.
It was also allegedly gathered that the protesters also burnt tires, destroyed billboards of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Aminu Bello Masari in the areas.
One of the protesters, Yado Musa, said the protest was to press home their demand for government to end the menace saying her fellow women were abducted, molested leading to broken homes.
According to her, “These evil actors are getting bolder day by day with no action taken by the authorities to arrest the situation and stop the actors. Women suffered much because the bandits.
“We have the challenge of security situation all over the state, but that of Batsari is clearly bad. We are tired of burying our people and that is why we are calling on government at all levels to intervene,” Musa said.
Similarly, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Batsari Local government Council, Mannir Mu’azu Runka, while addressing newsmen shortly after the protest, decried the spate of insecurity in the local government, alleging that security operatives in the area were doing “nothing” to arrest the menace.
“There is serious insecurity in Batsari, we have 500 soldiers but they are doing nothing. If you call them, they will tell you they are coming but they will not till after the incident,” Mu’azu stated.
It was also gathered that the protest was to demand the release of some officials of vigilante group arrested by the police for allegedly killing a suspected informant of the bandits into the area.
When contacted, the Spokesperson of the Katsina State police command, SP Gambo Isah confirmed the development which he described as a peaceful protest.
SP Isah said it arrested two officials of the outlawed vigilante group for killing a suspected informant of the bandits.
“It is unlawful. Everyone has right to life. Police will not fold it arm and allow that. And could lead to anarchy. Fight for all for all. Investigation is on into the matter,” SP Isah stated.