A group of hoodlums have disrupted the #EndInsecurityNow peaceful protest organized by the Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG in Kano State,which was staged to address the mounting challenges in the region,chiefly insecurity.
Convener of the protest in Kano, Dr Muhammad Bello Nawaila said that about 40 of it members sustained injuries from the attack by the hoodlums who disrupted the protest some 500m from take-off point in Kabuga area of the state.
Nawaila said the protest was expected to kick start at Kabuga and terminate in Gidan Murtala before the hoodlums disrupted the protest which was accompanied by four security patrol vehicles.
According to him, “We are supposed to have a peaceful protest from Kabuga and terminate in Gidan Murtala.
“After about 500 meters some hoodlums approached us as if they were in support and were trying to give us pure water. From nowhere we saw cutlass and about 40 of our members were injured. They disperse us. They created a chaotic situation. What surprised us was that in the movement, we got security backing, two patrol vehicles of the police were at the front and two at the back. But in the process of the attack by the hoodlums, we could not find the security operatives. It was after we have been injured that the police now resurfaced. Recall, before now that our leader, Nastura Ashir Sharif, was abducted for convening a peaceful protest on the same issue sometimes back in Katsina.
A member of the group, Usaini Adamu, narrated that the thugs, brandishing dangerous weapons, invaded the gathering and started attacking the members of the CNG.
According to him, no casualty was recorded during the attack, but a few of the members had sustained minor injuries.
He added that they were saved by the prompt intervention of security agents.
“Only a few of us sustained some minor injuries because security operatives promptly intervened and dispersed them.
The protesters vowed to continue with the protests daily,saying that if SARS could be disbanded within 3 days of protests, then they should be able to achieve the same results.