- Protesters blocked Jos – Akwanga road for more than 3 hours.
For over three hours of 12th October, 2020, the road that link Plateau State and Akwanga in Nasarawa state was totally blocked by the youth of Ningo Community in Akwanga Local Government of Nasarawa Sate. Motorists were seen stranded for over three hours with many seen frustrated. The blockage was in protest of the death of one of the residents of the Ningo community where the blockage took place as a result of an accident that occurred about 4hours earlier and before the protest began which claimed the life of the girl. Eye witnesses who pleaded anonymous explained that the deceased , Loise Samuel was only walking by the road side approaching her resident while a vehicle identified as Mercedes Benz which its number could not be captured by our reporter as the vehicle initially did not stop but was later accosted at a nearby community, ran into the unsuspecting girl from behind and she gave up instantly.
Loise Samuel was said to be 19years old and just completed her WAEC Examinations. Her death has inflicted pains on the community and the youth decided to vent their anger against the government for not coming to their aid since fatal accidents have been their regular occurrence. The youth that champion the protest were heard saying enough is enough and that the killing of their people as alleged to be a regular occurrence must be put to a stop. While the tension was on, authorities of Akwanga local Government Council were seen managing the situation as the personalities condoled with the people for their loss.
The DPO of the Nigerian Police force, M. C Mancha who declined speaking to the press was heard condoling the youth leadership and advised that the road be opened as the government is the only apparatus that has the power to close the public road for any reason. He advised them not to take the law in their hands. Other functionaries seen addressing the youth and others were the Akwanga Local Government council deputy chairman & the paramount ruler of Nku Chiefdom.
Speaking by our reporter with the Community Leader, Iliya maikasuwa , said the purpose of the protest was to get Government informed of the incessant killing of their youth by motorist who will not consider slowing down their speeds at such a sensitive place when approaching, with an expectation that speed breakers would be considered for the community.
“Other community has speed breakers. Why is it only Ningo that would be neglected and then our people are dying. We need speed breakers”. Said Iliya Maikasuwa.
Luka Yakubu, the Youth Leader of the Ningo community also said he is optimistic that their efforts would bear fruits and the government would consider their sincere plea.
Akwanga – Jos road is one of the busiest roads in Nasarawa state been the route that motorist from the Eastern and southern part of the country including other parts of Nigeria would have to use to access plateau state, Bauchi etc.
As at the time this report is been filed, it was confirmed by the community leader that the driver was apprehended and in custody already for further investigations.