Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello yesterday condemned the illegal blockage of Suleja-Minna Highway by some youths at Izom in Gurara Local Government Area of the state, saying the government would not tolerate any act of lawlessness by anybody or group of individuals who take recourse to illegality in an attempt to express their grievances.
Governor Bello in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Mallam Jibrin Baba Ndace in Minna, warned that government would deal decisively with anybody found fomenting trouble, aiding or causing breach of public peace in any community in the state.
The statement observed that the blockage of the road in Izom for hours smacked of disrespect to the governor who had personally waded into the issue at stake.
“One wonders why some people will not respect the intervention of the governor but chose to take laws into their hands and made innocent motorists and travellers to suffer untold hardship.
“It is pertinent at this point to clearly state that government will not tolerate any act of lawlessness. People cannot take laws into their hands and think that government will fold its arms for impunity to thrive.
“Government will not hesitate to bring to book anybody found aiding or abetting violence, or engaged in activities that tend to breach the peace of the state.
“In a democratic setting like ours, people have the right to express their views or grievances but this should be done within the confines of the law. Nobody is allowed to hold anyone to ransom. I condemn the road blockage at Izom this morning. If the youths were not satisfied with the solution proffered, rather than resorting to violence they should use other constituted channels available to them to express their grievances.
“Security agencies have been directed to ensure the maintenance of law and order in the state and I assure all law abiding citizens of protection,” the governor stated.
Many motorists and travellers were stranded for hours on Tuesday following the illegal road block by some youths in Izom.
Reacting to the road blockade in a phone interview, the state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Bala Elkanah said the issue concerned closure of illegal market cited along the road, saying government felt there was the need to protect lives of the people using the market.
Elkanah said such closure did not go down well with some youths in the area who took laws into their hands by blocking the road.
The PPRO, who noted that no life was lost in the fracas, said the police were on the trail of the hoodlums who perpetrated the illegal act.

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