By Victor Ahiuma-Young
Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has condemned the reported killing of no fewer than 15 commuters, on Sunday, at Gidan Busa, close upon Rijana on the Kaduna end of the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, warning that Nigeria is fast degenerating into anarchy.
In a statement by NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, Monday, lamented that scores were reportedly wounded and more herded into the bush as over 20 vehicles were said to had been attacked.
According to the statement, “The lucky ones that escaped live with the scars or trauma of the attack, waiting for another day.
“The Gidan Busa attack is not only one too many on that road, especially at the Kaduna end of the road in recent times, it is arguably the most horrific and represents the height of impunity and lawlessness.
“There is no disputing the fact that all roads and all lives are important, but there is similarly no disputing the fact that the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway is among the first two busiest roads in the country by virtue of which it is a priority road deserving of all the monitoring it can get, especially given the spate of blood-curdling attacks.
“We are afraid to state that our security agents have not done enough to contain the surge of violence on that road.
“In the past couple of weeks alone, we have recorded multiple attacks in and around the same spot on Kaduna-Abuja Expressway, qualifying it to be designated a dark spot.
“We also need more intelligence as reaction almost always comes after damage has been done. We do need mobile presence on a sustainable basis instead of the present ad hoc arrangement.
“What has happened to the highway safe houses of yore?
“Nonetheless, we make bold to say that we need community participation as our security agents alone cannot solve this problem given its spread.
“Except something is urgently done, we are fast degenerating into anarchy, with no place to hide. It is enough that the roads are bad and accident-inducing in addition to extortions, especially of food vendors.
“We call upon our security agents to rise to the renewed challenges of internal security.”
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