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  • News - North Central - Niger
  • Updated: February 22, 2024

Protesters hijack truckload of foodstuff along Suleja-Kaduna road

Protesters hijack truckload of foodstuff along Suleja-Kaduna

Protesters on Thursday, hijacked a truckload  of foodstuff along Suleja-Kaduna road after hoodlum hijacked a peaceful protest that turned violent.

The state police spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun, who confirmed the incident, stated that officers were mobilisd to disperse the protesters.

Abiodun said the Suleja Area Commander ACP Sani Musa mobilised patrol teams to the scene and dispersed the protesters before the highway was cleared for free flow of traffic.

“There was a protest this morning along Kaduna road, Suleja, and the protest plan was not communicated to the Police, it was later discovered to be hijacked by some miscreants who blocked the highway.

“Area Commander Suleja, ACP Sani Musa mobilised patrol teams to the scene, dispersed the protesters and the highway was cleared for free flow of traffic, however, monitoring continues,” Abidun said.

Eyewitness account had disclosed that, the protesters took control of the trailer which was loaded with rice and other items after overpowering the driver and began to steal from the truck.

One of the eyewitnesses said, “I saw the miscreants surrounding the trailer and chanting protest songs that it is their food. Before we knew what was happening, the hoodlums had overpowered the driver of the trailer who had to run for dear life and they began to steal from the trailer.”

The witness added that security operatives comprising of soldiers police and civil defence personnel later stormed the scene of the protest and started firing teargas to disperse the protesters.

“It took sometime before security operatives got to the scene to start shooting teargas and trying to make an arrest,” the source added.

 

 

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