Blasts: Plateau Gov appeals to FG to restore checkpoints

Posted by News Express | 7 July 2015 | 2,340 times

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Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong has appealed to the Federal Government to restore checkpoints in the state to check the movement of suspected terrorists.

The governor made the call on Monday following multiple bomb blasts in Jos on Sunday night in which 44 people died and 67 got injured, according to figures by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Lalong said shortly after he visited the scenes of the blasts and the injured victims at Plateau Specialist Hospital that ``today I made an appeal to Mr President to please allow us to have checkpoints.

``This is because without the security checkpoints, people can flow from all angles and attack innocent people.’’

The governor warned motorcyclists to desist forthwith or face the full weight of the law, adding that commercial motorcycle operations remained banned.

He said a taskforce had been constituted to ensure that cyclists strictly adhered to the ban which was initiated by his predecessor and passed into law by the 7th Plateau Assembly.

``We have a taskforce in place to keep motorcyclists off the streets and as a government we are going to push that to any level.

``Any motorcyclist who refuses to respect the law will see what will happen to him in the next few days.

``This is because it is part of lawlessness we are experiencing today.’’

The governor commended security agencies and the various aid groups for their quick intervention in saving the lives of the injured victims.

He also commended the Nigeria Medical Association for suspending its strike to save lives and pointed out that the deaths would have been more without them.

Lalong said the state government had already released money to assist in the treatment of the injured and prayed for the repose of the souls of the death.

He then urged Plateau citizens to remain calm and assured them that his administration, in conjunction with security agencies, would do all within their powers to avoid a repeat of the dastardly act. (NAN)

*Photo shows Gov Lalong


Source: News Express

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