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Passengers stranded as protest over banditry blocks Abuja-Kaduna highway

Angry residents of Anguwar Magaji in Chikun Local Government Area, Kaduna State on Saturday blocked the ever-busy Kaduna-Abuja highway in protest the killing of a 13-year-old girl by bandits.

The situation left thousands of travellers who were left stranded by the quagmire lamenting.

But members of the Anguwar Magaji community said the protest was done to draw the 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 bandits who had prevented them from going to their farms and were now coming to attack them at home.

He said: “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 and 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 would be allowed to pass.

They also shunned the security personnel who were appealing to them to reopen the road.

Both women and children, some of who were half-naked, were mobilised to the highway for the protest which held around Angwar Doma before the Kakau interchange flyover.

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