No less than eight persons have been arrested in Katsina State in connection to a violent protest that led to the burning of a vehicle belonging to the police in the state.
It was gathered that chaos ensued after officers tried to arrest a traffic offender on Tuesday at Kofar Guga, one of the busiest roads in the metropolis.
According to some eyewitnesses, the protesters’ actions were due to incessant extortion of motorists and motorcyclists by police operatives.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Aliyu, also confirmed the incident in a statement sent to Channels Television on Wednesday.
Mr Aliyu said the protesters aided a motorcyclist escape arrest before setting the Police van ablaze.
He also added that the motorcyclist who is now on the run committed a traffic offence and that the traffic personnel were “doing their work.”
“The fact of the case is that today, July 4, 2023, at about 1300 hrs, a commercial motorcycle rider, in a bid to escape arrest by men of the Command’s State Motor Traffic Division (MTD) while discharging their lawful duty, fell to the ground,” he said.
“While the suspected motorcyclist escaped, his motorcycle was crushed by a passing truck. In light of the foregoing, some unscrupulous elements took advantage of the situation, aided his escape, and attacked the Police Patrol Vehicle.
“Upon receipt of the report, the Area Commander Metro mobilized and moved to the scene, where he rescued the situation and succeeded in arresting eight (8) suspects for aiding the escape of the suspect and the attack on the Police Patrol Vehicle.”
Aliyu stated that the Katsina State Police Command had launched a full investigation into the incident.