Irate youths in Kaffin-Koro, Paikoro local government area allegedly burned down the police station in protest of the gruesome murder of a Catholic Priest, Rev Father Isaac Achi of St. Peters and Paul Catholic Church, by armed bandits along Daza road in the area.
The youths were reportedly angered by the police’s slow response to the people’s cries for help when gunmen attacked his residence on Sunday morning around 3 a.m.
During the protest, cars and houses, including a police outpost, were set on fire, and some people were injured to varying degrees.
The bandits have taken over the city, and the priests have been unable to find a way to reach out to the people.
Confirming the development in the area, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Services, Emmanuel Bagna Umar, stated that while the state government is saddened by the incident, no one has the authority to take laws into their own hands for any reason.
The commissioner stated that the state government will not allow any impediment to law and order because it is doing everything possible to ensure the safety of citizens’ lives and property.
“Since the incident on Sunday, you have seen the government’s commitment, which is why we are calling on communities to support the government in riding the state of bandits and not to take sides by vandalising government property,” he said.
“Violence has no place in our communities, we understand the times and trend we are leaving in,” he insisted. No man in this land has the authority to make laws for himself. The same way we go after bandits, we will go after anyone who takes the law into his or her own hands, because we have a responsibility to protect everyone’s lives”.
Umar also stated that a security team has already been dispatched to Kaffin-Koro to conduct an on-the-spot assessment of the situation, particularly the root cause of the youth violence outbreak.
Also, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed that angry youths burned down the police station in the area, blaming it on the slow response in rescuing the Catholic Priest.
“They are angry that the police could come on time to rescue the Rev Father and this is because his house is about one kilometre from the police station. Before they could mobilise and get to his place to engage the assailants, they had already run away from the scene, when they saw the police coming”.
“Another issue was that there was no water nearby to quickly put out the fire when the police arrived to save the Priest,” he added.
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