How Irate and Protesting Youths Held A Senator Hostage After He Reportedly 'Abandoned' His Constituency


Reports in Gombe say that Joshua Lidani, the senator representing Gombe South, has been held hostage by protesting members of his constituency.
 
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The senator representing Gombe south, Senator Joshua Lidani, who was held hostage by angry protesters in his constituency this afternoon, has finally been rescued by a team of soldiers serving in Talasse town in Balanga local government of Gombe state.
 
According to PREMIUM Times, the lawmaker was forced to take refuge in the residence of the traditional ruler of Talasse after irate youth from the area accosted him for allegedly abandoning his constituency.
 
A protester had earlier said; “Apart from those at the emir’s palace, several youth groups have also blocked all other roads the senator may seek to sneak out, not just in Talasse here, but other villages along the road as well.”  
 
It was gathered that the grouse of the protesters with Senator Lidani is that “he refused to visit Talasse since his election despite several appeals.” The senator also allegedly refused to answer or return calls from the people of his constituency “only for him to sneak in today.”
 
While speaking to a correspondent, an eyewitness said they sought to “ask him some questions”, while one of the protesters, simply identified as a youth leader, disclosed that after the protesters forced the police to retreat to a distance to avoid confrontation, soldiers were called.
 
He said; “Even the soldiers were at first confronted by the protesters when they arrived and sought to free the Senator,” he said, adding that while sensing danger, the soldiers began to fire indiscriminately into the air forcing the protesters to disperse in different directions.
 
The youth leader said Senator Lidani’s car “is still parked where he left it, and I don’t know how he intends to pick it later, unless if he has given it to the emir”.

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