Relations Of Nine Killed During Ban On Commercial Cyclists Demand Justice
JOS, July 07, (THEWILL) - Relations of the nine persons who lost their lives during the enforcement of the ban on commercial motorcycles in Jos last month have petitioned the National Assembly asking it to investigate the matter to bring those behind the killings to book.
The relations also want the National Assembly to suggest to the relevant authorities to compensate them for the loss of their relations.
The relations of the victims in the petition accused the mobile police unit in Jos of carrying out the extra judicial killing of their relations based on the orders of the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, "C" division, Jos.
Those killed during the enforcement of the ban include; Abdullahi Danladi, Hamisu Auwal, Sulaiman Hussaini, Sama’ila Datti, Salisu Tailor, Abdulaziz Sulaiman, Shu’aibu Abdullahi, Muhammad Saifullah and Shuaibu carpenter.
The petition signed by Ahmed Garba on behalf of the relations of the ban victims called on the National Assembly to order for an investigation into the alleged killings as well as invite the parents, relatives and eyewitnesses to testify and give evidence against the mobile police.
The petitioners want the National Assembly to take any measure it deems fit in respect of the allegation as well as order for the payment of compensation to the parents and relations of all the deceased victims.
Ten persons including one policeman lost their lives during last month’s attempt to enforce the ban on commercial motorcycle riders in Jos. The cyclists later withdrew from the streets in protest to the killings but after a week reappeared engaging in full commercial operations in Jos and neighbouring Bukuru town unchallenged, even though the state government has insisted the ban has not been lifted.