Following incessant terror attacks and extortions by terrorists, people in Balgare community of Bakura Local Government Area (LGA), Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, Friday, Aug. 6, blocked a major highway in the state to protest what they described as the government’s failure to protect them and their properties.
Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, the aggrieved villagers blocked the road that links Bakura LGA headquarters to the Sokoto-Gusau federal highway, other villages, and LGAs in the state.
Terrorists, known locally as bandits, have continued to raid and attack communities in LGAs such as Balgare and Sabon Garin Bakura, Kurunkudu, Dambo, Fagi, Gamji, and many other villages.
Hamza Likita, a resident of Bakura who was among the protesters said “today’s protest is aimed at expressing to the governments at all levels, the worries and tribulations that the villagers are thrown into.”
“For two weeks now, terrorist groups have been disturbing the areas demanding N10 million cash from the two communities, or else they will come and attack us. One of the groups has started, and has abducted over seven people from the areas as it stands today,” he added.
Another eyewitness who is one of the protesters expressed his fear: “the worst of all is that the armed terrorists vowed to continue with the serial attacks on our communities until the sum of the said Ten Million Naira is duly paid to them.”
According to Lawal Ibrahim Sabon, a resident, the terrorists have vowed that more people would be abducted or killed in Balgare and Sabon Garin Bakura villages.
The protesters said they chose Friday to stage their protest because it was the market day of Bakura.
This, they said, would attract the attention of the Zamfara State Government to come to their rescue.
HumAngle reported that Sabon Garin Bakura suffers constant attacks from one of the terrorist gangs that abducted Habibu Mainasara, the Provost of Zamfara State College of Agriculture and Animal Science (CAAS) Bakura on Sunday, July 11.
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