The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has called on the Federal Government to destroy all bandits’ enclaves and hideouts in the region.
The youths said this during a protest in Zaria, Kaduna state on Wednesday, demanding an end to incessant killings and kidnappings in the north.
The protesting youths also raised the alarm over the level of insecurity along Zaria-Kaduna expressway.
They described the route as a “strategic gateway” to many northern states but has now become a deathtrap to commuters.
Some of the protesters were seen carrying placards with inscriptions such as: ‘Zaria peace walk against insecurity’, ‘End insecurity now’, ‘North is bleeding’, and ‘Secure north’.
Addressing journalists during the protest, Mr Sani Sa’ed Al-Tukry, CNG Deputy Coordinator, Northwest zone, asked the government to ensure that those disturbing the peace of the region are arrested to face the full wrath of the law.
He described the daily incidents of kidnappings in the north as unfortunate, saying, “It has been a tale of blood, tears and gnashing of teeth which must not be allowed to continue.”
He also called on the federal government to mount and sustain special operations along some federal roads in the north.
Al-Tukry listed some of the roads to include: Zaria-Kaduna, Kaduna-Abuja, Kaduna-Birnin Gwari-Niger, and Birnin Gwari-Funtua-Katsina-Zamfara-Sokoto roads.
“The north today is like a sinking ship that is about to capsize. There is the need for unified stance guided by an agreed national interest irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliation.
“The national security architecture should significantly improve Nigeria’s chances of mitigating the spate of violence or terrorism across the country so that together, we can join hands to build a nation where peace and justice shall reign,” he said.
Meanwhile, two weeks after bandits burnt some passengers alive in Sokoto state, some bandits in Katsina state have reportedly burnt another man alive in his car.