by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Plateau State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has joined individuals and groups to express its worry over the recent spate of killings in Bassa, Jos North, Jos South and Riyom Local Government Areas of the state where several lives have been cut short.
The Labour condemns the continuous attacks and killing of innocent persons in communities and schools as well as other locations in the aforementioned areas.
A statement to this effect was signed by the NLC’s chairman, Com Eugene Manji, and secretary, Com. Dr. Badung Dalyop, and issued to newsmen in Jos.
It noted with grave concern the constant targeting and attack of students and staff of University of Jos by miscreants whenever there is breach of public peace in some parts of the state.
According to the statement, the sad and unwarranted situation has led to the indefinitely abrupt suspension of second semester examination and all academic programmes by the university management, in order to save lives.
NLC also condemns in strong terms the recent attack of seven (7) staffs of Plateau Radio Television Corporation (PRTVC) in Dadin Kowa area, one of the flashpoints after closing from duty.
It calls on Federal and Plateau State Governments to, as a matter of urgency, bring to an end the series of killings within the various communities in Plateau State.
They also called on government to establish a permanent security outfit close to the university to secure the community.
While urging security agencies to beef up security around University of Jos and focus attention on all flashpoints in the state as well as develop more proactive measures to promptly tackle the challenges, NLC charged citizens to be vigilant and continue to report suspicious movements to relevant agencies of government.
They also commiserate with all families, who lost their loved ones in the recent killings, and prayed for the repose of their souls.