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Another round of violence rocks Jos

By Taye Obateru

It was another day of violence in Jos yesterday prompting deployment of soldiers to check sectarian bloodshed.

Three persons were confirmed dead in the clash on a day Acting President Jonathan declared that “we have come to the end of impunity and immunity” in the city.

Angry youths had gathered early in the day seeking revenge for the death of a muslim commercial motorcycle operator at Dutse Uku. His body was found on a building site

His relations then took the corpse to Tina Junction with a view to dumping it with those they suspected of killing him.This was resisted and pandemonium broke out.

It took the intervention of special task force in the state to bring the situation under control. They shot periodically into the air to disperse the crowd that had gathered. Brig. Gen. Donald Oji of the special task force confirmed that three people lost their life in the attack.

Four others were arrested in connection with the violence. Two were held over the death of the motorcycle operator.

And in expressing concern over the protracted crisis in Plateau State, Acting President Jonathan who was represented by Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqqayyatu Ahmed Rufai said enough is enough .

“Let me warn that this government shall no longer fold its hands while a few disgruntled zealots wreak havoc on innocent citizens. The Federal and Plateau State governments shall implement the outcome of the various investigative reports into the series of crises fully, and anybody found culpable, shall face the full wrath of the law,” he said in a message to the 23rd convocation of the University of Jos.

“We have come to the end of impunity and immunity and enough is enough , he said.

The acting president also reiterated the determination of government to fully implement the agreement with staff unions in universities to bring to a permanent end frequent strikes which he said not only disrupts academic calendars but also puts a question mark on the quality of certificates issues by them.

He described the movement of the university to its permanent site as a security imperative and called on the catchment states of the institution and others to continue to support her in this regard to complement the efforts of the Federal Government.

He commended the institution for making giant strides despite daunting social and environmental challenges, winning competition academic grants and producing round graduates who are making their mark in various spheres of life.



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