Security agents, parents, youths clash over freed Zamfara schoolgirls

Published March 5, 2021

Maiharaji Altine , Gusau

The Zamfara State Police Command has deployed more personnel to Jangebe town following rising tension as a result of the clash between the parents of the freed schoolgirls and security agents .In the clash , which occurred on Wednesday , one person was said to have died and many others sustained varying degrees of injury .

The state government has already imposed a dusk – to-dawn curfew on the town to prevent a further breach of the peace in the area .The spokesman for the command, SP Mohammed Shehu , told our correspondent on the phone , “ More security personnel , under the supervision of the Area Commander , have been drafted to Jangebe town to ensure the restoration of peace in the area .“ Adequate security personnel are currently in the area to enforce the curfew .”Meanwhile, a parent , Malam Musa Jangebe, said the parents and guardians were not happy about the delay by the state government to hand over the children back to their parents after they were rescued from their abductors.

He stated, “ Most of us were annoyed with the state government for not reuniting us with our children in good time .“ We were told to come to Jangebe to collect our children and we were in the school since morning till evening and we could not set our eyes on the children .“ Considering the insecurity in the state , we told them to release our children so that we could go back to our respective villages in good time to avoid bandits ’ attacks , but nobody was ready to listen to us.“ We were left with no option but to enter into the hall and take away our children before nightfall and that was what actually triggered the violence. ”Another parent , Alhaji Sama’ila , said the government was playing with the intelligence of the parents and guardians , and that was why they grew annoyed and resorted to violence .

He said , “ I was in the Government House , Gusau , as early as 6 am when the girls were taken there after they had been rescued , and I asked if I could be allowed to go home with my daughter , but they asked me to wait until they had been taken to their school.“ I rushed to their school in Jangebe, where I waited for several hours , and to my utmost dismay , the delegation that brought the girls kept them in a hall .“ We told them that time was going and we wanted to go home before nightfall , but they still refused to release the girls ; as a result , we decided to go into the hall and retrieve our children.“ The security personnel wanted to chase us away , but they could not do so because of our number ; they shot in the air to disperse the crowd, but nobody was moved by their action . ”A resident of Jangebe, who gave his name as Musa Garba, said the residents were not happy with the heavy presence of the security personnel , who escorted the students and the delegation to the town.

He stated, “ We have never seen even 10 security agents guarding the students before they were abducted .“ Why should they come to the town now with a large number of heavily armed security personnel , who will go back to Gusau immediately after this ceremony?“ That was what made us unhappy and we decided to throw stones at them to express our anger . ”

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