…Plateau govt orders arrest of 3 traditional rulers
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Plateau State Government has ordered the arrest of three traditional rulers, for their roles in the persistent attacks on some local government areas in the state.

Addressing journalists at the end of an emergency security meeting presided over by Deputy Governor, Mr. Ignatius Longjan, in Jos yesterday, the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Yiljap Abraham, who did not name the traditional rulers said they were at present telling the Special Task Force (STF), all they knew about some of the attacks in the villages.

The commissioner said the STF has been mandated to use unconventional method, to deal with the rising insecurity in the state, especially the frequent attacks in the outskirts of the city and to employ powers conferred on them under the emergency laws.”

He said it is regrettable, some traditional rulers and ward heads who were mandated to talk to their subjects failed to do so, after being mobilised for the purpose. Abraham said: “Council expressed sadness and the increase in killings, armed robbery and explosions, in the light of the relative peace the people have enjoyed, especially in Jos and Bukuru metropolis.
“Council has also observed increase use of explosives, which had resulted in youths mobilising themselves to block highways, which sometimes prevent security agents from doing their work.”

Speaking on the state of emergency imposed on some local government areas in the state, he said it has not yielded the desired result as the government at that level could not function since their subventions had not been released.
Abraham announced that before the end of the week, the ban on the operations of motorcycles would be enforced, as the government was set to release more than 500 tricycles to take over their operations.

The commissioner who noted that the number might not be enough, said the people of the state would be happy to endure some hardships if only it would ensure the safety of their lives and property, assuring that more taxis, buses and tricycles would be released as they become available.

He reiterated that members of the public should volunteer information to security agencies so that, they could function effectively.

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