by Seyi Lawal
Three prominent traditional rulers have been arrested in Plateau State on allegations of playing a role in the repeated violence that has rocked the state.
On Wednesday, the Plateau state government had an emergency security meeting presided over by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Ignatius Longjan. The Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Yiljap Abraham, said the affected traditional rulers were already telling the Special Task Force, STF, all they knew about some of the attacks in the villages, the Punch news reports.
Abraham said the STF had been mandated to use “unconventional methods to deal with the rising insecurity in the state, especially the frequent attacks on the outskirts of the city and to employ powers conferred on them under the emergency laws.”
“Council expressed sadness over the increase in killings, armed robbery and explosions in the state, in the light of the relative peace the people have enjoyed, especially in Jos and Bukuru metropolis. Council has also observed an increase in the use of explosives, which had resulted in youths mobilising themselves to block highways, which sometimes prevent security agents from doing their jobs,” he said.
The commissioner said that before the weekend, government will ensure motorcycle operation is permanently banned as it sets to release more than 500 tricycles to take over their operations.
Abraham, who admitted that the number of tricycles being released might not be enough, said the people of the state would be happy to endure some levels of hardship if that would ensure the safety of their lives and property.