Hundreds of youth attack, rob Kaduna residents

Youth in their hundreds on Saturday while in a procession attacked residents of Badarawa area of Kaduna state with dangerous weapons.

The youth, popularly called the ‘yan Shara’ meaning sweepers, attacked traders and commuters at the popular Katuru road, stabbing and seizing mobile phones and money from any person they came across.

A PREMIUM TIMES reporter caught in the melee escaped being lynched by the rampaging youth.

The real cause of the riot could not be immediately ascertained as residents fled in different directions.

The police immediately arrived after a distress call and cordoned the area. They made a number of arrests.

One of the arrested youth said they were coming from the venue of the centenary Durbar celebrating 100 years since the creation of Kaduna state which took place at the Murtala Square Kaduna.

A police officer who also spoke with PREMIUM TIMES said they will make more arrests after investigations.

A victim who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES, said, ” They collected all I have in me, my phones, money. They were many and they robbed anyone they met on the street. Thank Allah I was not killed but about four people were stabbed right before me.”


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  • Frank Bassey

    When a man marries four wives, maintains countless concubines, produce 30 children you cannot train, feed or nurture; brainwash them with Islam – no formal education, no skill, no training, what do you expect? Their sisters are married away at the age of 6 years and the boys are left as rampaging junior Jihadists. That is Nigeria – Northern Nigeria to be specific.

    • Abdullah Musa

      Remove the hood from your head, you may see more clearly.
      You mean to say there are no social misfits, criminals in the South.

      • Frank Bassey

        For your information, Buhari and other Northern leaders are holding a forum on Northern Almajiris and other youth beggars this week. That answers your question. Our youths are in school and learning trades.

        • Abdullah Musa

          Your youths are the ones being sold as slaves, filling foreign prisons, and on the streets of Europe as prostitutes.
          If you can, do rid yourself of the disease of tribalism.

          • Frank Bassey

            Eighty per cent of 10 million Nigerian children out of school are located in the North. Fulani herdsmen, the 4th most dangerous terrorists in the world, is made up of your youths. Almajaris, roaming everywhere, hopeless, hapless, haggard, dirty, poor …. are produced by illiterate, wicked, insensitive and callous Muslims. Teenage girls, bungled away forcefully into marriage, young ladies deep into prostitution at Night among Hausa/Fulani communities … are all landmark “achievement” of a people whose only skill lies in plundering resources and pouring bloods. The terrorists attacking foreign countries recruit their members from Northern Nigeria. Devilish lots!

          • Abdullah Musa

            Self deception has no cure.

      • Goodkind

        You northerners are setting the south backward with your unproductive attitude

        • Abdullah Musa

          And would it please you if I say you Southerners are tainting the image of black race globally by 419, drugs peddling, armed robbery and prostitution?
          The armed robber is a bigger threat to humanity than a beggar.

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    The cause may not yet be established but I believe that this is part of the national crisis that has been building since 2012. There have been isolated cases of politicians’ houses and offices being torched, police stations being torched, protests of different kinds (economic and political), militancy, and secessionism. It is all coming together to produce a people’s revolution and it will be a terrible thing to witness. It will lead to the birth of a new Nigeria but at what cost?

  • sorbitol

    Arewa street boys. What do you expect from hopeless boys whose parents only invested #5.00 plastic plates in their life.

  • Ogobor Joseph

    This is another grooming menace yet the government won’t act fast ti nip it at its bud until it spreads to uncontrollable level. We all know the issue of Almajiri is a disaster waiting to happen at its peak, it might just make Boko Haram look like a child’s play.

  • Annabelle

    The youths, armed robbers, gboko haram, delta boys or whatever you call these youths are all victims of the corrupt government Nigerians keep recycling. How d’you open so many Universities and colleges without providing employment or incentives for these people? You ask them to be entrepreneurs but you neither grant them 21st century education nor electricity, infrastructure nor security of life or property to stimulate investment. Even the police has no incentive to do their job. Corrupt senators and government officials have killed Nigerians alive!