Agents of Nigeria’s Secret Police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Police have dispersed protesters who trooped to the streets of Katsina to register their grievances over the spate of killings in the state and other parts of the country.
The protesters, who wielded placards, had converged on Kofar Soro roundabout, Emir’s palace.
Before the arrival of the security operatives, Comrade Bishir Dauda Sabuwar Unguwa, the National Secretary of Muryar Talaka (Voice of the masses), one of the conveners of the protest, told journalists that the protest was planned to draw the attention of the government “to take the right steps towards addressing the degenerating and debilitating challenge of insecurity in the north and the country as a whole”.
“Today nobody is safe, even those living in the cities. We are all aware of the gruesome murder of the Katsina state Commissioner of Science and Technology, Dr Rabe Nasir, which shows that even those living in the cities are not safe.”
“Many are still held in captivity, in kidnappers’ dens, many are killed. You cannot even travel from Katsina to Sokoto through Jibia road due to activities of Kidnappers.
“Today, we even have parallel government run by bandits’ warlords in some parts of the country. So we want to draw the attention of the governments to do the needful as we join our brothers and sisters protesting all over the country,” he said.
He added that the strategy used by the security agents had failed as they always wait for the attack only to be on the defensive side, saying here was the need to take the war to the enemies’ doorsteps having known where they are.
Another protester, Jamila Abbas, said as a mother and wife, women are at the receiving end of the consequences of insecurity.
“The killings in the north are on the increase and it affects even the security agents themselves. Therefore there is the need on the part of the government to be more proactive in tackling the menace,” she said.
But the police and DSS operatives eventually disperse the protesters.
The public relations officer of the Police, SP Gambo Isah, could not be reached to comment on why security operatives stop the peaceful protest.
Last week, one of the conveners of a similar protest in Kano, backed down after an invitation from the DSS.