Before being dispersed by the police and soldiers, groups of young people blocked the highway on the outskirts of the federal capital Abuja.
On Monday, May 24, hundreds of angry protesters took to the streets outside Abuja and blocked the highway to protest the kidnapping as a ransom that increased sharply in the suburbs of the federal capital of Nigeria.
A group of young people set up tire-burning roadblocks in the Tafa district, which leads to the Tafa district between Abuja and Kaduna in the north of the country, and set on fire a reporter at the police station. In a scene full of chaos and anger, they walked onto the main road, singing loudly and shouting: “The kidnapping must stop!” “Five days ago, they kidnapped four people. Yesterday they returned and took away sixteen people., They don’t want to shout at one of them like all other demonstrators.
In the afternoon, the police announced that they had dispersed the demonstrators with the help of the army and resumed traffic. Earlier, dozens of trucks and oil tankers were trapped outside Abuja.
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with a population of 200 million, but it is plagued by many insecurity issues, especially the kidnapping by organized criminal groups more or less for ransom. These kidnappings used to target wealthy citizens or foreign oil workers, but they have now spread to all social classes, even the poorest.
“It’s not good! It’s out of control, A protester said. It’s the same every time: once the kidnappers leave, the security forces are too late. “ According to local media reports, just last week, twelve people were kidnapped due to unsafe roads. “It’s chaotic here. We don’t sleep anymore. If security is not strengthened, the problem will become more serious”, A protester explained.