Irate residents of Anguwar Magaji in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state blocked the ever-busy Kaduna-Abuja highway to protest the killing of a 13-year-old girl by marauding bandits.
The unfortunate incident, the second of its kind in recent time, left thousands of travelers stranded in the quagmire.
Justifying their decision, members of the Anguwar Magaji community retorted that the protest was done to draw attention of government to constant attacks on the community by bandits.
One of the community members, said they could no longer tolerate the unprovoked attacks by the bandits, who had prevented them from going to their farms and now coming to attack them at home.
According to him, “we are tired of attacks by bandits, we cannot go to our farms and yet they will follow us to our homes to abduct us for ransom. They killed a 13-year-old girl, a security man in the village as well as abducted other residents including the family of the village head.
“All we are saying is that, we want security or we should be allowed to protect ourselves against the bandits.”
When our correspondent visited the scene, the angry protesters insisted that no one will pass. They also shunned the security personnel who were appealing to them to reopen the road.
The women and children, some of whom were half-naked were mobilized to the highway for the protest which held around Angwar Doma before the Kakau interchange fly over.