Some angry youths from Daddara village in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, protesting inadequate security from incessant bandit attacks, have burnt a police station and an Immigration post in the border town.
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The Nation reports that an eyewitness said the protesting youths also burnt tyres and blocked the road linking the Jibia-Katsina highway.
Superintendent Isah Gambo, the police command’s spokesperson, confirmed the incident.
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He said 43 of the suspected youths have been arrested.
“The Command received a report that some group of disgruntled youths and adults mainly from Daddara village, Jibia LGA of Katsina state, came out in their numbers, tumultuously rioting and protesting.
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“The angry protesters were reported to have blocked the Katsina – Jibia Highway, exactly at Dadda village, smashing and destroying vehicles of security agencies and that of innocent citizens passing along the highway.
“They also set ablaze a Police Border Control Post – Daddara, Nigerian Immigration Service Check point – Danmasani, one Police Border Patrol Van (stationery), one Volkswagen Gulf III motor vehicle belonging to the officer in charge of the police border post, two AK 47 rifles belonging to Joint Border Drill Forces, one Ak 47 rifle and a pistol belonging to Police Mounted troops.
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“The rioters smashed and damaged the windscreen of many motor vehicles of innocent commuters passing through the highway.
Consequently, the Command swiftly deployed teams of Police mobile Force (PMF) and conventional units to the area and have succeeded in arresting forty-three (43) persons found rioting”.
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Gambo further assured that normalcy has been restored to the area, saying that the perpetrators will be brought to book to serve as deterrent to others.
He also disclosed that one person died during the fracas, and that investigation revealed the riot was purportedly sponsored by smugglers and their agents targeting joint border patrol personnel and their facilities.