This Day (Lagos)

20 April 2014

Nigeria: Easter - Bauchi Commuters Express Fears of Attack At Motor Parks

Following the bomb blast that killed over 100 passengers at the Nyanya Bus Terminus in Abuja last Monday, commuters travelling for the Easter celebration at different motor parks in Bauchi metropolis have expressed fears of bomb attack.

This is coming as the Bauchi state Governor, Malam Isa Yuguda enjoined the residents of the state to continue to spread the gospel of love, honesty, sacrifice, tolerance, peaceful co-existence and above all, the fear of God.

The commuters alleged that there is no adequate security at the parks, saying that security operatives in the state should deploy their officers to avert any occurrence of an attack.

THISDAY monitored the development in the state metropolis and reports that as early as 6.am, passengers in large numbers rushed to the motor parks in order to travel outside the state. The rush by passengers at the parks was due to the public holidays declared by the government as a result of the Easter festive season.

At the Yankari motor park, a commuter Alice Jagaba who was heading for Federal Capital Territory from Bauchi expressed fears of boarding a bus at the park, saying that it was no longer safe to come to the motor parks again.

At the Benue Links, opposite the Stadium in the state, the situation was no different as many passengers lament the spate of insecurity at Nigerian motor parks. According to Matthew Adole, a business man and an indigene of Benue state, the motor park has become his worst nightmare because of frequent bomb attacks.

When contacted over the development, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Haruna Mohammed, said the police has already deployed its officers to the motor parks, public gathering, churches and Mosques to forestall any breakdown of law and order during the Easter celebration.

He said the police have beefed up security in the state by commencing its 24hrs stop-and-search operations at strategic road blocks as well intensifying its surveillance, particularly in the night.

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