Commuters stranded as Zamfara women block road, protest bandits’ attacks
Hundreds of women in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Thursday blocked Gusau-Kaduna Road to protest against persistent attacks by bandits despite security measures by the state government.
Gusau-Kaduna road is the busiest road as it links the state to several other states both in the North and the South.
The women, who were with their children and belongings, sat on the road and prevented movement for motorists and passerby on the road.
The protesters caused gridlock and hundreds of motorists were left stranded as they could neither move forward nor backward.
One of the women said that they decided to protest because bandits were always attacking and raping them and there had been no action taken to protect them.
Sadiya said, “We blocked the road in order to draw the attention of both the government and the security agents to come to our rescue”.
A commercial driver said he was coming from Funtua to Gusau, lamenting that he spent more than four hours before the road was cleared by security agents.