As security agents intensified efforts to rescue the seven foreigners abducted from Bauchi State, hundreds of youths in Jama’re Local Government Area of the state, Wednesday, took to the streets to protest the non-release of the foreigners by their abductors.
The demonstrators also appealed to the state government to fish out perpetrators of the dastardly act with the aim of meting out appropriate punishments to them.
The youths who carried placards, some which read, “Jama’re youths call for the release of seven foreigners’’ and ‘’Bauchi State government, fish out the kidnappers,’’ marched to the palace of the Emir, Alhaji Ahmed Wabi, to express their displeasure over the development.
They condenmed the kidnap incident, saying that the construction company that the foreigners worked for, created employment opportunities for over 400 youths in the community while 300 others were employed from other states of the federation.
Speaking during the protest, the Chairman of Jama’re Youth Council, Hassan Usman, said the company had uplifted the standard of living of the people and as such, the state government should intervene by ensuring that the kidnapped foreigners were rescued.
He said: “Apart from the fact that the company has created jobs for youths in the community, it has also provided accommodation for non-indigenous staff as well as transport services among other numerous services. We want to also use this medium to sympathise with the management of the company over the death of the security guard who was killed during the unfortunate incident.”
While appealing to the group that claimed responsibility for the kidnap of the foreigners to consider the pligths of the youths who had lost their jobs, the chairman urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts to secure the release of the kidnapped expatriates as soon as possible to enable the construction company continue with its projects.