Friday, January 30, 2015

Angry Youths Pelt Jonathan’s Convoy With Stones In Taraba

President Goodluck Jonathan’s convoy was again stoned on Thursday by some aggrieved youths in Jalingo, Taraba State.

Jonathan was in the city in continuation of the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential rally.
Angry Youths Pelt Jonathan’s Convoy With Stones In Taraba
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
His convoy had before Thursday been stoned in Katsina and Bauchi states when he went to seek the votes for his re-election bid.

It was gathered that the windscreens and windows of some of the vehicles on the convoy were destroyed before security operatives   used tear gas and   horsewhips to disperse the youths.

Those who witnessed the Thursday incident but pleaded anonymity told The PUNCH that the incident occurred when the President’s convoy was going to the palace of the Emir of Muri,   Abass Tafida, from the airport.

One of them said, “Security agents ensured that people were moved very far from the main but at a point, the convoy got to a particular village where the youths became restive.

“Before we knew what was happening, they started stoning the convoy.”

It however could not be determined as of press time if anyone in the convoy was hurt or any arrests made.

One of our correspondents learnt that Jonathan, who was unruffled by the incident, used the opportunity of his visit to the state to meet with   ailing Governor Danbaba Suntai.

Suntai has been unable to return to work since he was involved in a plane crash in October 2012.

The PUNCH learnt that Jonathan met with Suntai inside the Government House, Jalingo.

But while Jonathan was busy campaigning, another set of angry youths descended on the state PDP secretariat in Jalingo.

It took the intervention of security agents to save the edifice from being reduced to rubble by the angry youths who vandalised 12 vehicles on the premises.

The spokesman for the PDP in the state, Napoleon Adamu,who lamented the incident, said the youths were protesting their non-inclusion in the preparation for Jonathan’s visit.

He expressed anger that despite the Abuja accord signed by all the presidential  candidates, some elements could still go as far as attacking members of the party.

He said, “We are happy that no life was lost and we want to appeal to our teeming youths to eschew violence and not to take the law into their own hands.

“Even before the date the President’s campaign was fixed, the youths had  been complaining that they were not carried along by the committees constituted for the visit.”

At the state stadium campaign ground, Jonathan  said he would ensure the completion of both the Kashimbila Dam and the Mambilla Hydro Power projects in the state if re-elected.

He added that plans were on to establish a presidential resort at Mambilla to attract top government functionaries and business moguls to the state.
Culled from Punch Nigeria

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