Eighteen suspects, alleged to have been organising and taking part in an unlawful assembly, illicit demonstration and damage to public and private property in Shinkafi local government area in Zamfara State, have been arrested by the state police command.
Spokesman for the command, Mohammed Shehu, in a statement to journalists in Gusau, noted that the youths, who were suspectedly sponsored to undermine the relative peace of the area were carried dane guns, cutlasses and sticks to the Palace of Emir of Shinkafi and houses of one Murtala Dele and Moyi Sidi where they vandalised windows and doors of the three houses.
Shehu said, “Joint Police and Military operatives quickly responded and dispersed the protesters to avoid unwarranted break down of law and order and possible loss of lives and properties.”
According to him, the suspects were arrested in possession of Dane guns, cutlasses and sticks.
He added that all the suspects are in police custody undergoing interrogation.
“The Commissioner of Police CP Abutu Yaro , has ordered the State CID to commence a discreet investigation into the unlawful protest with a view to unravel the circumstances behind the dastardly act.”
He quoted the police boss as warning parents and guardians to always have a firm control of their children so that they don’t involve in violent activities.