Banditry: Residents block Abuja-Kaduna Highway over failure of FG to redress menace

Banditry: Residents block Abuja-Kaduna Highway over failure of FG to redress menace

Residents of the Gauraka community in the Tafa Local Government Area of Niger State have blocked the Abuja-Kaduna highway to protest the incessant cases of banditry and kidnapping in the community.

1st News reports that the angry protesters burnt tyres and halted vehicular movement on the highway.

They demanded that the state and Federal Government boost security in the area and end the incessant banditry.

This incident came in the wake of attacks by kidnappers who stormed the area on Saturday and Sunday kidnapping at least fifteen persons from the community and killing three others.

There have been speculations about Boko Haram bandits infiltrating the Gauraka community after Governor Abubakar Bello announced that terrorists have hoisted their flags in some communities in Niger State in April.

Gauraka community is about five kilometres away from Nigeria’s seat of power, Abuja.

Residents lament that they have long lost sleep due to the activities of kidnappers who have continued to terrorise the community.

They explained that more than thirty people have been abducted from January to date.

Niger State has come under serious banditry attacks which have left hundreds of people killed, including security personnel, and more than fifteen thousand people displaced who are now taking shelter in temporary camps provided by the state government.

Meanwhile, the House of Reps has set in motion plans to prevent some ministries, departments, and agencies from further spending; and diverting the revenue they generate; especially the Nigerian Ports Authority; the Nigerian Communications Commission; and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.

According to reports, the affected MDAs will now be confined to the Single Treasury Account of the Federal Government; while they can only spend funds and for the purpose, they were appropriated by the National Assembly.

Chairman of the Reps Committee on Public Accounts, Mr Wole Oke, stated that there are sponsored four bills; seeking to amend the NPA, NCC and NIMASA Acts as well as the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

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Oke particularly cited the current issues in the NPA; under the leadership of the suspended Managing Director, Hadiza Bala-Usman.



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