The Concerned Taraba Youths Forum has condemned in strong terms the continuous ban on the use of Motorcycles (popularly known as Achaba) and the unlawful detention of youths in the state capital by the State Government. The youths described the action of the State Government under Governor Danbaba Suntai as illegal and violation of the fundamental human right of the people. In the wake of bomb blasts in the state capital, Mr. Suntai ordered the ban of the operations of both private and commercial motorcycles in all the streets of Jalingo. The Taraba youths in a press Statement, Monday, signed by the forum Coordinators Danjuma Gambo and Talima Grace said that more than 50 innocent youths are presently languishing in the prison under the order of the state governor. “The molestation and continued detention of these helpless youths by security agencies amounts to gross violation of our fundamental human rights as guaranteed by the 1999 constitution,” the statement read. “The government has since resolve to unlawfully imprisoning our youths without trial and access to any legal assistance,” the group added. “We are concern of the security situation in the state and efforts of the government to protect its citizenry which has led to the ban on the use of motorcycles in the state capital for past’s weeks, however this highhandedness of the state government has result to the gross loses of earnings to many families who lived on the business.” “We are against the ban which has brought untold hardship on the residents and economy of the state since the motorcycle is the only visible means of transportations in the absence of good roads networks in the state capital. The group also rejected the alleged plot by the government to restrict the use of motorcycle in the state capital to indigenes of the state. “As a developing state, our land is open to all Nigerians in respective of their tribes, religion and background, the laws of Nigeria provide its citizen right to reside and work in any part of the country including Taraba state.” The youths called on the state government to immediately reverse the ban on motorcycles since it has failed to provide alternative means of transportation. (Also) to immediately release all detained motorcycle users unlawfully arrested since the ban was invoked. “If the government failed to yield to our demands within the period of 14 days, we will mobilize youths to peacefully take over the streets and explore every lawful means available to drive home our demands.”
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