The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Federal Government to increase security surveillance and patrol on various highways in the country.
Mr Ayuba Wabba, the NLC President made the call in a statement on Monday, August 16, in Abuja, while condemning the murder of 22 travellers along Jos Road in Plateau.
Wabba said that the travellers were commuting between Bauchi State and Akure in Ondo State.
“We commiserate with the families of the victims of this heinous crime and we pray for repose on the souls of the faithful departed.
”Whatever is the motivation for the barbaric and atrocious murder of these 22 innocent travellers is totally unacceptable and condemnable.
”We urge the security forces to quickly fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly crime; and ensure their diligent prosecution in our courts.
“Furthermore, we urge the government to increase security surveillance and patrol on our various highways.
”Response time to emergency security situations should also be significantly improved.
“The abduction and subsequent killing of 22 persons could not have happened in a flash.
”We also call for improvement on security intelligence. Criminals who perpetrate these kinds of crimes live among us,” he said.
He however said that government must work more closely with citizens and citizens groups including leadership structures at the grassroots to smoke out groups manifesting violent tendencies long before they strike and inflict maximum pain
The NLC called for an immediate end to incessant killings in the country.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has condemned the tragic incident that led to the death of 23 travellers at Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau.
Equally important, the Forum has demanded the arrest and prosecution of the persons behind the attack.
The forum flayed the attacks in a statement issued by its Head, Media and Public Affairs; Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, in Abuja on Sunday. While describing the development as barbaric and senseless; it said that the killing had all the colourations of several others like in which locals in particular parts of Nigeria; had become inhospitable and unwelcoming to other Nigerians living in or passing through their domains.
“These dastardly actions of Nigeria’s once peaceful locals; which have resulted in unwarranted and needless deaths diminish us all as a people; and pulls our country down to the deepest recesses of the absence of civilisation.
“They also cause all kinds of reprisal killings and injurious interactions that does nobody any good. The Forum views with extreme disgust the horrible and thoughtless loss of precious lives; and declare unequivocally that it must stop forthwith.”