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Maiduguri Residents Protest Businessman’s Assassination

Following the assassination of a popular businessman on Thursday, Maiduguri youths took to the streets Saturday morning to protest against recurring crimes.

Youths in their hundreds have taken to the streets of Maiduguri, Borno state capital to protest the Thursday night assassination of a popular businessman, Aga Citi. 

HumAngle reported how the father of six was gunned down as he stopped to buy fast food at a joint not far away from his home at Shagari Low-Cost estate. 

The incident has generated anger amongst the youth population of the area who blamed the death of the philanthropist businessman on the assemblage of criminal elements and substance abusers at the popular grasshopper market located near where Aga Citi was murdered.  

One of the protesters, who declined to mention his name said “enough is enough, our lives are not safe as far as the Kasuwan Fara is concerned; that place is a den of criminals and weed (cannabis) smokers and we believe they are the ones that took the life of Aga Citi; so we want the place shut down once and for all.” 

The police had earlier confirmed the assassination of Aga Citi, as the command’s PPRO said investigations has been launched to fish out the culprits. 

Holding fresh branches of trees as placards, the youth took to the streets of the neighbourhood chanting “Close it down, we do not want Kasuwan Fara (Grasshopper market).”

Grasshopper market is the hub of a multimillion business where merchants of fried grasshoppers, which has become a major signature of the Maiduguri treat, normally visit ton buy the live insects.

HumAngle had earlier reported that the Shagari Low Cost has been known as one of the neighbourhoods of Maiduguri that accommodates both retired and serving military personnel because it is sited directly opposite the Maimalari Cantonment barracks of the Nigeria Army.


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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist who has provided extensive coverage of the Lake Chad conflict in north-eastern Nigeria for over a decade. A graduate of English Language with a Diploma in Mass Communications. He previously worked as an assistant editor with Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper. Haruna has a strong knowledge of the Northeast and follows the trends in the region closely.

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