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Katsina: Angry Community Residents Protest Frequent Terror Attack

In the early morning of Tuesday, the people of Yan Tumaki community in Danmusa Local government stormed highways in protest of the incessant attacks by armed groups, terrorizing their communities.

HumAngle reports that the protesters blocked the roads linking Dutsin Ma, Katsina and Kankara, calling for action against the frequent attacks on the community.

Protesters also reportedly set tyres ablaze, burnt billboards of the ruling party and called on the attention of the President and the Governor of the state.

Shuaibu, one of the vigilantes popularly known as `Yan Sakai` said, “the group rode motorcycles into our community around 11 pm with powerful sporadic gunshots terrorizing the people including women and children.

“They headed straight to the area of the late district head and kidnapped a health worker and his 17-year-old daughter.”

This attack happened just a week after the terrorists killed the district head of Yantumaki in Dan Musa Local Government Area of Katsina State.

HumAngle reports that the group arrived the community in the middle of the night wielding hundreds of sophisticated weapons.

Shuaibu elaborated the attack to HumAngle. He said, “the group was chanting names and calling the name of the Governor, Masari adding that he cannot stop them from doing their job.

“You must follow our rules for you to survive,” they ordered the residents.

The reports available to HumAngle show that the group spent more than an hour in the community, firing guns and terrorizing the people.

A resident Manu Giredi said “despite the direction of the president, the military in the community failed to stop the group from attacking us.

“They only came in the morning, hours after the attack. As for me, Buhari and Masari are not ready to protect our lives and property.”

The community members stated that they have lost confidence in the security agents and strategies in their community.

When HumAngle visited the community, the people complained bitterly about the way some of the security officials are handling the banditry and terrorism conflict in Katsina state.

Gidado, a youth leader in the community said, “Since the state government is silent and inactive about the insecurity in my community, we have no option than to embark on a peaceful riot until something is done for us.

“We are going nowhere, the governor must address our issue,” he added.

He also lamented that “this government castigated and blamed the previous administration.

“What is their agenda now? Allowing the people to die in the hands of these deadly groups or what, please?” he asked.

Gidado told HumAngle that “now, people have been made to think of handling the security of their lives on their own.”

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  1. This is a very good and most important part of journalism (investigate reporting). Thank you Humangle for taking this part journalism. I believe with reports of this kind many of our problems will soon become history.

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