Restore military checkpoints on Okene-Lokoja-Abuja road – NUJ

Soldiers at checkpoint
Soldiers at checkpoint

Amidst worsening security situation on the Okene -Lokoja-Abuja highway, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called for immediate restoration of military checkpoints on the road.

The Chairman of the Kogi State council of NUJ, Adeiza Jimoh, made the appeal in a statement issued in Lokoja on Friday.

He said that the incessant kidnappings and killings almost on a daily basis on the road by armed bandits necessitated the call.

Mr Jimoh gave kudos to the police for their efforts at checkmating the criminals but said that the establishment of military checkpoints will further reduce criminal activities on the road.

According to the statement, the Osara-Irepeni section of the road has become notorious for the activities of the men of the underworld.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that on the same road, an army captain, G. S. M. Abubakar, was, on July 5, shot dead by bandits, who also kidnapped his wife and mother.
NAN also reports that the two kidnap victims have yet to regain their freedom.

Also on July 9, a naval officer and a woman travelling together in a Toyota Sienna car were killed by bandits at the same section of the road.

“The criminals, no doubt, have taken the advantage of the withdrawal of the military from the road to unleash mayhem on innocent road users, with deaths on its trail,” NUJ noted.

The union also advised the police to scale up their operations by introducing 24-hour patrol of the road.

READ ALSO: Gombe considers stiffer penalty for rape, kidnapping

“The idea of creating roadblocks and preoccupying themselves with checking of vehicle particulars should be discouraged.

“The criminals take advantage of these lapses by striking in-between police roadblocks,” it said.

The union also urged the state government to rise up to the new wave of criminal activities across the state.

It said that the current upsurge in crime should not be allowed to rubbish the modest achievements recorded by the state government.

“The fight should be taken to the criminals in their various hideouts instead of waiting for them to strike before taking actions,” he said.
(NAN)



Advertisement

PT Mag Campaign AD

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Donate


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...



BE THE FIRST TO KNOW! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application