The governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to restore military checkpoints in the state to check the movement of suspected terrorists.
The governor made the call on Monday following multiple bomb blasts in Jos on Sunday night in which 44 people died and 67 got injured according to figures by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.
Shortly after he visited the scenes of the blasts and the injured victims at Plateau Specialist Hospital, Mr. Lalong said, “today I made an appeal to Mr. President to please allow us to have checkpoints”.
“This is because without the security checkpoints, people can flow from all angles and attack innocent people,” he said.
President Buhari had directed the removal of all military checkpoints nationwide, saying internal security should be handled by the police. The government later relaxed the order, to allow checkpoints in high risk areas like the northeast, which is currently facing a brutal insurgency by the Boko Haram sect.