Luxury bus operators have demanded N495m from the Federal Government as compensation for the loss of nine buses when suicide bombers attacked a motor park in Kano, killing over 20 people and wounding several others.
The operators, under the aegis of the Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria in a petition to President Goodluck Jonathan, also requested for 24-hour police protection at the Kano motor park and other parts of the country where they were operating.
Although they stated that the number of casualties could not be ascertained, they demanded that the medical bill of all injured victims of the attack be borne by government.
The association’s letter to the President was titled: ‘Petition against unprovoked attacks on our members and passengers at luxury bus garage, Kano and some other northern parts of Nigeria, an appeal for protection, redress and compensation.’ The petition which was signed by President, ALBON, Mr. Ejike Okoli, and Secretary, Mr. Frank Nneji, was copied to the Senate President, Mr. David Mark; and Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal.
ALBON which gave the unit cost of each bus as N55m, claimed five buses were burnt in the March 18 bomb blast, while four others had earlier been destroyed in a similar attack