June 18, 2024

Mutfwang won’t bow to blackmail, Plateau Commissioner warns

Mutfwang won’t bow to blackmail, Plateau Commissioner warns

Gov. Mutfwang

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Reactions have continued to trail the disruption of peace at Bukuru, the headquarters of Jos South local government area of Plateau State by hoodlums who are kicking against the State government’s effort to sanitize the Jos/Bukuru metropolis.

Recall that the hoodlums on Monday afternoon defied the Plateau State Government Executive Order 003; razed cars and looted some shops at the Bukuru market as they attacked members of the Task Force enforcing the Order in the area.

The said Order is to regulate buildings and vehicular traffic within the Greater Jos master plan as the lawless habit of converting the expressway to makeshift shops hinders the free flow of traffic in the Jos and Bukuru metropolis.

The State Commissioner of Information and Communication, Musa Ashoms said the action of the hoodlums is in bad faith and very provocative as the clearing of the road was carried within the ambit of the law.

His words, “Plateau State on Monday, June 16, 2024, woke up to another gory descent to criminality as the Joint Task Force executing the Executive Order 003 made to carry out its lawful duty in the Bukuru metropolitan area.

“In line with its brief, the Jos Metropolitan Development Board, JMDB Joint Task Force was at the Bukuru market to ensure that businesses were in operation within the ambit of law, given that the market was designated by the government to accommodate only lawful activities without provision for street vendors.

“But like an apparition of the recent Ahmadu Bello Way incident where resistance to the enforcement of this order led to the tragedy of that day, gangs of miscreants came at the task force once again.

“We condemn the destruction of property and sympathize with those pained by the losses incurred. We assure the public of the government’s capacity to not only rein in this emerging tendency but to also bring perpetrators to book.” 

He noted that “This recurring bad behaviour is not only sad but provocative. That government’s authority to enforce law and order for the common good, despite massive publicity and engagement, can be so brazenly challenged amounts to blackmail to which the government is not ready to succumb.

“As a government that embodies the legitimate aspirations of its citizens, we recall the massive publicity and engagement with stakeholders and various communities. 

“It is unfortunate, therefore, that elements fixated on the old ugly path of retrogression are trying to impede the march of progress. But we dare say the time to let go of the past is now, as no amount of resistance by beneficiaries of a bad system will stop the progress.

“Government is determined to move Plateau State in the direction of positive transformation and nothing will stop the attaining of this noble objective.” 

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Emmanuel Adesina has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations to ensure adequate deployment of Policemen to the scene to restore normalcy to the area.

Additionally, the CP has ordered all Area Commanders and DPOs with the Jos-Bukuru metropolis to intensify patrol and surveillance activities to forestall any further breakdown of law and order within the State.

He warns “all persons with criminal intentions within the State to either desist from such activities or flee the State, as the Police Command under his leadership remains resolute in the fight against crime and criminally.”

The CP encourages “all Plateau residents to comply with all the policies of the Government, as they are meant for the peace, progress and general development of the State.”