•Angry youths protest unending killings in Southern Kaduna
From Sola Ojo, Kaduna
Following protests by youths of Jema’a Local Government, with headquarters in Kafanchan, the local government authority has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kafanchan and its environs, to prevent further break down of law and order.
The youths were protesting what they called “unending killings in Southern Kaduna and inability of the state government and security agencies in the state to put the situation under control.”
Interim Chairman of the local government, Dr. Bege Katuka, who confirmed the development said “the decision became necessary to forestall any possible breakdown of law and order in his jurisdiction. As a responsible government, it was incumbent on the Council to take proactive measures to guarantee the safety of lives and property.
He urged the people to be calm and remain indoors until the situation improved.
Regardless, the protesters decried alleged insentivity on the part of the state government to the threats that have claimed scores of lives and property.
Spokesperson of the youths, Nathan Chaweson regretted the high level of impunity exhibited by the the attackers even with the presence of security operatives at flashpoints. Chaweson lamented “government’s failure to guarantee security of the people which was its primary responsibility, adding that for the period the attacks lasted, no single arrest was made. We are pushed to the wall to question the innocence of the government in what has been happening,” he said.
He challenged government to protectilives and property in all parts of the state, so as “to give everyone a sense of belonging.”
Youths were seen with leaves and placards with varying inscriptions, chanting “we no go gree.”