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TUC criticises killing of students in Yobe

11 July 2013, 10:10

Lagos - The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) on Wednesday  described as unacceptable  the killing of 29 students and a teacher in Yobe by gunmen.

This is contained in a statement signed by the President of the TUC, Bobboi Kaigama, and the General Secretary, Musa Lawal, in Lagos.

According to the Congress no nation develops in a situation where its youths are embroiled in strife and killed for no just cause

"We also decry similar incidents of violence and wanton destruction of lives and property in Benue.

"We charge the perpetrators of these acts to desist from such course and allow peace to reign in the country," it said.

The statement said it was bad enough that the dilapidated infrastructure, especially the pothole-ridden roads were claiming thousands of lives every year.

"A recent newspaper report puts the annual death toll from road accidents at an average of 5,000 persons," it said.

The TUC said it was regrettable that people who escaped road accidents, air mishaps or shipwrecks ended up being killed by fellow humans.

"The situation is sad, and we urge those involved to sheath their swords and embrace dialogue.

"We call on the Federal Government and governors of the affected states to investigate the crisis between the Tivs and Hausa Fulanis in Benue State," the statement said.

It noted that the armed conflict between the two tribes had re-occurred too often and for too long.

The statement advised that a committee involving credible representatives from amongst indigenes of both tribes be set up to probe the issues at stake and address them at once.

The statement said that law enforcement agents should step up their act and apprehend and prosecute all identified culprits.

The statement urged leadership at all levels to be proactive to prevent future destruction of lives and property.

 - NAN


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