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Students of the University of Jos yesterday held a rally to mourn their colleagues who were last week killed in the twin blasts that rocked the city.
The students, who were all in black attires, marched round the permanent site of the university on Bauchi Road and to some of the hospitals around the city where those injured are still being treated.
While denouncing terrorism and urging a decisive action against terrorists, the students, led by the acting president of the Students’ Union Government (SUG), Mr. William Jiman Lar, said the death of their colleagues and the earlier abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls are sufficient evidence that students are no longer safe to pursue their studies.
Seven students of the university were feared killed, though the school authority confirmed two, while four others were confirmed injured following the bloody blasts.
The Senior Special Adviser to the President on Youth Mobilisation, Mr. Jude Imagwe, who was in Jos to placate the students over their loss, said Nigerians should realise that terrorism perpetuated anywhere in Nigeria affects all Nigerians, who must rise as one the fight the menace.
Lar, who also spoke as the rally began, said terrorism was intolerable and should therefore be stopped before it wreaked more havoc in the country.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Musa Ibrahim, who addressed the students on behalf of the university management, called for calm, expressing optimism that the government would do everything within its means to address terrorism in the country.
Meanwhile, the Plateau State Government yesterday banned street trading and hawking in the Central Business District of Jos, including the usually congested Terminus area, that was bombed recently.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Olivia Dazyem, said: “Sequel to the unfortunate twin bomb explosions that occurred on 20th May 2014 in the Central Business Area of Jos and the ongoing clearance/evacuation exercise, the Plateau State Government wishes to announce that all street trading, street markets and street hawking are hereby banned in the city of Jos,”
The statement directed street traders along the Murtala Muhammed Way, the Terminus area, Ahmadu Bello Way, Tudun Wada Junction, Chorbe, Jenta, Dilimi, Kujiya-Bukuru and Rantya Lowcost Junction to relocate to the Satellite Market located on the Rukuba Road area of the capital city.
The government’s order also banned all street motor parks in the Central Business Area of Ahmadu Bello way, Murtala Muhammed Way and Terminus, directing operators to move into approved motor parks in the city.
“The Plateau State Government continues to sympathise with families of the deceased and those injured in the incidents and urges vigilance on the part of the general public,” the statement added.