Plateau Task Force Alerts Of Imminent Attack By Boko Haram
For the umpteenth time, Operation Safe Haven Jos (OPSH), a military task force charged with the responsibility of restoring peace in Plateau State, following incessant communal and externally-induced crises, has warned residents of Jos/Bukuru metropolis to avoid crowded areas because it has uncovered fresh plot by members of the dreaded Boko Haram to detonate explosives in such places.
On Monday, spokesman of OPSH, Captain Ikedichi Iweha had warned the public that some unnamed persons were planning to truncate the peace being enjoyed in the state.
But this time around, Captain Iweha named the Boko Haram elements as being responsible for the imminent bombing. He said that members of the public are expected to maintain high level of vigilance around terminus and satellite markets, mosques and churches, schools and relaxation spots, especially around West of Mines, the NNPC Mega Stations and other places dispensing petroleum products as well as Hamaz Areas along Ahmadu Bello Way, Jos.
He called on members of the public to maintain the highest level of security consciousness following a noticeable increase in the movement of hawkers across the Jos/Bukuru Metropolis while assuring residents of their readiness to respond to any breach of security in the state.
Similarly, the Nigeria Prison Service is to be incorporated into the Plateau State Security Council. Governor Simon Bako Lalong gave the assurance while in audience with the Assistant Controller – General (Prisons) in charge of Zone H, Dr. Samuel Agidi, who paid him a courtesy call at Government House, Rayfield, Jos.
Lalong, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, said as a people – oriented government committed to the concept of change, it will look into the issue of the Nigeria Prison Service marginalisation from the state security council with a view to incorporating them accordingly.
The governor acknowledged the critical role played by the Services in reforming society, stating that the state government will partner with them.
According to Lalong, “As far as this organ of government is concerned, from the state to the national level, we have to keep our doors open to be able to respond to demands from relevant agencies like you.”
He promised to look into some of the problems affecting the operations of the prison service, particularly operational vehicles as soon as the financial position of the state improves.
Agidi had earlier disclosed to the governor that he was in Government House to inform the governor of the need to grant amnesty to the 37 condemned prisoners of Plateau origin at the Jos prison. The prison boss commended the present administration for the privilege of the courtesy call specifically pleaded with the state government to include the Nigeria Prison Service in the state security council as it is the case with Nasarawa, Kogi and Benue states.