Some protesters in Zamfara State, including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), on Monday staged a violent protest against incessant killings by bandits.
The aggrieved blocked Gusau – Funtua – Zaria road leaving commuters going to Zaria, Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi states stranded.
The demonstrators also set ablaze the secretariat of Tsafe Local Government Area and burnt down 18 motor vehicles and motorbikes.
They asked the Federal Government to put an end to the orgy of killings of innocent villagers.
But mobile policemen have been drafted to restore normalcy.
Although the protest was initially peaceful, it was hijacked by some irate youths.
The Chairman of the local government Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar said: “These thugs must have been motivated by mischievous politicians who feel that they must always be in control or they will not allow peace to reign.
“We have recently bought some cars and motorcycles which we intend to distribute to the citizens of the area under our empowerment programme and all these have been raised to ashes including some private properties.”
He said the local government will raise a team to “investigate the matter and anyone found wanting especially the sponsors would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mohammed Shehu said the State Police Command had curtailed the violence.
He confirmed the deployment of 1 1/2 Units of PMF/CTU, police personnel and Special Forces to Tsafe to protect lives and properties..
He said: “We have restored normalcy to Tsafe and its environs.
“The police and other security Agencies are in total control of the situation with rigorous patrol, stop and search and continuous raiding of identified criminal hideouts ongoing.
“The Commissioner of Police Zamfara State Command Usman A. Belel along with the Brigade Commander and other Heads of Security Agencies Visited Tsafe in the early hours of to assess the security situation and ensure total regards to law and order.
“The Command appeals for continued support and cooperation from members of the public by giving the police and other security agencies timely information on activities of disgruntled elements in the state for prompt action.”