There was commotion in Abuja on Saturday after some women, mostly half naked stormed the Abuja-Kaduna highway to protest over persistent attacks by bandits in their communities.
It was gathered that a 13-year-old girl was killed by bandits on Friday night, June 18, and this infuriated the villagers.
They then stormed the Abuja-Kaduna highway to protest.
The protesters, from Anguwar Magaji, comprised mostly of youths and women, some of whom were half naked.
They came out as early as 7.30am to block the road, making it impossible for travellers to continue their journey.
Half-naked women and youths block Abuja-Kaduna highway to protest banditry (video)
It was gathered also that the bandits stormed the house of their Village Head and abducted his family as well as other persons in the community.
A resident, Bala Johanna, told Tribune that because of the fear of attacks, residents in the area cannot go their farms.
He said: “The most annoying is they followed us to our houses and collect ransom from us.”
He continued: “They killed a 13-year-old girl, a security man in the village as well as abducted other residents including the family of the village head.”
“Some of the women are half-naked. The soldiers were just begging them to leave the road but the men cheered them on from the roadside.”
A couple of days prior to the murder of the 13-year-old girl, residents of Sabon Gaya, one of the communities in Chikun LGA, Kaduna, that suffered attacks near the NYSC camp along the highway, cried over the massive exodus from the area due to incessant attacks and abductions by the bandit.