Abuja — Nigerian authorities banned motorcycle taxis and imposed a curfew on parts of Jos after a series of bomb blasts rocked the city at the weekend. (Source: The Nation)


http://allafrica.com/img/csi/00161723_22385878f916ef71446a1d9782a60ad3/w510.jpgThe Special Task Force, a team appointed to ensure peace reigns in Plateau state, announced the ban and curfew in a press statement on Sunday.


On Saturday night, bomb attacks rocked three television viewing centres in the state's North Local Government Council, killing one person and injuring 14 others.

"The general public and the good people of Plateau should be informed that no motorcycle will be allowed to operate beyond 7pm within the Jos-Bukuru metropolis. Riding of motorcycles is only permitted from 6am to 7pm. This ban will be strictly enforced," said the statement.

In addition, the Arewa Consultative Forum in Kaduna, a forum for northern leaders held a two-day peace conference where top leaders from the north denounced the deadly activities of the Islamic sect Boko Haram, a move many Nigerians think is coming rather too late.

Among northern leaders who attended the meeting were Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Senate President David Mark, former military Head of State Gen Yakubu Gowon and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.

Although many northern leaders attended the event, the boycott by Middle Belt leaders and traditional rulers showed that the search for a united north was still out of sight.


Devastating explosion

And given Wednesday's devastating explosion that killed about 15 people in Kaduna metropolis and Saturday's bombings, northern leaders may have to add bite to their talks to wriggle the North out of the web of violence.

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