Tuesday, December 8

Youths block highway in Niger to protest market relocation

Protesting youths in Lambata, Niger state on Tuesday blocked the major highway leading into Minna, the Niger State capital over the relocation of Lambata market by the state government.

“The youths came out late night to block the road due to the stopping of market activities by government.“The Izom people wanted the Lambata and Izom markets to operate simultaneously, but there is opposition from Lambata,” A fish seller, Mallam Hassan Adamu told newsmen.

ASP Elkana Bala, Police Spokesman, confirmed the blockage, saying security had already been deployed to the venue.

It was though reported that, as at 11:30am the bridge at Izom linking Minna and Suleja was still blocked by youths while tear gas was fired into the air to disperse them. The lingering crisis was said to have been caused by the killing of three Fulani herdsmen at the Lambata market a fortnight ago which led to the intervention of the state government.

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