Irate youths in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Monday hijacked the protest of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and turned it violent.
The protesting IDPs were said to be protesting against the incessant security challenges in the state
An eye witness account said the irate youths blocked the major highway linking Zamfara and Katsina and other states on the eastern part of Zamfara state and also destroyed and set ablaze properties and about 15 vehicles.
The source added that after blocking the road about four hours, it took the combined team of security personnel who fired gun shots in the air, the protesters dispersed and the stranded commuters were able to pass.
Speaking to journalists on the matter the Council Chairman, Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar described the act as unfortunate.
He said the irate youths must have been motivated by mischievous politicians who feel that they must always be in control or they will not allow peace to reign.
“We have recently bought some cars and motorcycles which we intend to distribute to the citizens of the area under our empowerment programme and all these have been raised to ashes including some private properties”, he claimed.
He said a committee will be set up to investigate the matter and anyone found wanting especially the sponsors will be made to face the full wrath of the law.