Why Angry Youths In Kano Set Lawmaker’s Houses Ablaze


In Gaya Local Government Area of Kano state, angry youths on Wednesday went on violent rampage setting buildings belonging to Senator Kabiru Gaya and House of Representatives member, Abdullahi Mahmud, on fire, leaving the properties badly burnt and destroyed.

The youths accused the lawmakers, who represent their constituencies, of failing to fulfill their electoral campaign promises. They also set fire on the campaign office of Mr. Gaya, the House member.

The angry youths had started a violent protest early in the day, laying siege to and eventually destroying the country home of the Senator. They dispersed afterwards but regrouped later to set the campaign office of the House of Reps member ablaze.

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Venting their anger, the youths said their actions are because the lawmakers failed to provide water, electricity, jobs and roads, as they promised before their elections in 2015. They lamented that one year after the polls, residents of the area still cover a long distance to get water, while hundreds of youth still roam the streets without jobs.

Residents of Gaya community allege that both politicians who won under Buhari’s APC banner rarely visited home and made no efforts to fulfill the demands of the electorate. Reports reveal that the angry youths had also attempted to set ablaze the residence of their local government chairman, but his security detail had been able to overpower the youths, successfully dispersing them.

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Spokesperson of the Kano State Police Command, DSP Musa Majiya, who confirmed the attacks, said officers of the command were still battling to restore sanity in the area. Senator Gaya is reported to be away in the United States as at the time of the incidence and neither of the lawmakers have yet reacted to the youth’s rampage.