Zaria was today besieged by protesters demanding an end to killings, banditry, and kidnappings in the North. The #ZariaProtest is part of the #SecureNorth Protests which are currently going on in almost all the 19 Northern States of the Federation.
The protests were in part triggered by the agitation in the Southern part of the country for an End to SARS, police brutality, and extortion. The protests have been going on for more than a week now, with no end in sight.
It can be recalled that the Northern States have been at the receiving ends of all sorts of criminal activities, kidnappings, banditry, killings, Boko Haram, and other vices. Just recently, gunmen killed 12 persons and injured eight others in two separate attacks at Kidandan and Kadai villages in Giwa local council of Kaduna State. Two sisters—one heavily pregnant— were also kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Kaduna recently.
This is Habiba one of my two sisters that were abducted by some unknown men along with her elder sister that is 7 to 8 months pregnant, please include them in your prayers when you come across this🙏 #EndInsecurity #SecureNorth #TGIF pic.twitter.com/mXUrKyqXYU— Sir_Saeedliman_ (@__ABEE__) October 16, 2020
These, and many more prompted the teeming youths to take to the streets and express their grievances.
The #ZariaProtest started at around 9 am in Kwangila, Zaria. The protesters marched in hundreds demanding an end to the incessant killings in the North as they sing solidarity songs.
The protesters trekked all the way from Kwangila and arrived at the Police Area Command Headquarters.
The protesters then moved to the popular PZ road, to Tudun Wada and the Kofar Doka all while making short stops at a few strategic spots to make their demands known.
The protest was later moved to the Emir’s Palace in Zaria. The protests lasted for minutes, as the protestors chanted “We want peace” “Put an end to the killings” “End SARS” amongst others.
#ZariaProtest ✊✊✊— Mac Dee 🇳🇬 #ZariaProtest (@muhdofficiall) October 17, 2020
We shutted down emir of zazzau palace sha 😹
Our voices must be heard @Dj_Abba we didnt see u there
We move again on Tuesday
we expected the Emir to address us but He didnt show up out #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutality#SecureNorrh #ZariaProtest
The protesters were however disappointed when the Emir did not come out to address them. They insisted they are not leaving unless the New Emir Ambassador Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli addresses them. The protestors were ultimately convinced that the Emir was receiving guests and they instead vowed to come back another day.
It will be recalled, this is the second #ZariaProtest in a week, as a photo protest was organized earlier in Red Onions, PZ on Tuesday 13th October. Another protest is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, Next week.