The Zamfara State government has denied that one person died during a protest by parents demanding that their rescued children be returned to them at Jengebe Government Girls Secondary School.
The Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Hon. Abubakar Mohammed Dauran, told reporters in Gusau, the state capital, that he was unaware of any protest at the school’s premises yesterday.
However, it was learned that the key reason for the protest was that the state government failed to deliver the released girls to their parents in time after they had been sleeping in the school grounds for several days waiting to see their daughters.
According to our source, the release of the girls was marred by another unfortunate incident, which reportedly resulted in the death of one person in the town and the injury of others.
After an angry mob protested the insistence on a formal handover before the girls’ parents could leave with them, security operatives allegedly opened fire.
In order to avoid further breakdowns in law and order, the state government imposed a curfew on the town and suspended market activities.