Emergency rule: FG releases withheld funds to Plateau LGs

The Federal Government has released the funds it withheld from four local government councils under the emergency rule in Plateau State.

The Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice of the state, Edward Pwajok, said on Thursday at a ministerial briefing in Jos, that the government received a letter conveying the release of the funds on Wednesday.

The local government areas affected are: Riyom, Jos North, Barkin Ladi and Jos South.

“The letter indicated that all the funds have been released to them. We were so relieved and happy when we read the letter, which reached us on Wednesday, May 16, 2012,” he said.

However, four local councils and 11 others in Yobe, Niger and Borno States have not received their monthly allocation from the federation account since December 2012 when President Goodluck Jonathan declared emergency rule in the areas.

Mr. Pwajok described the release of the funds as “a huge relief to the government and the affected council workers, whom he said had not been paid salaries for five months”.

On the ban on commercial motorcycles in the state, the commissioner lamented the uncooperative attitude of the security operatives.

“We have imposed this ban on commercial motorcycle operations in the state but the police and the soldiers maintaining the peace in the state have refused to enforce it.

“It is clear that our governor is not in control of either the Police or the STF. We are indeed worried over this situation because we are looking at the security implications,” he said.

Mr. Pwajok said that the government would engage more lawyers to help in handling the numerous cases of suspects awaiting trial.

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