By Vincess Okushi

The Command headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force, Plateau State, Jos, says it has restored normalcy arising from the active involvement of operatives in the state.

Briefing the media on the unfortunate killings of innocent citizens and recent attempts by criminal elements at different locations and villages of Plateau state at the state headquarters in Jos, AIG Zone 4, Ebong Eyibio said as of today 25th January 2024 Nine (9) suspects have been arrested with recovered  Exhibits such as dangerous weapons like machetes, kegs containing Petrol, and other items.

He said due to the strict compliance of men of the force, areas prone to these attacks remain highly secured by security forces as curfews are being imposed to attain peace and order in the state.

The Plateau State Police Command has successfully repelled an attack on villages in Mangu LGA of the State.

On 24/01/24 at about 2200hrs, we received intelligence concerning an attack that was targeted on the Ntam community and the ASTC Company, both of Mangu LGA. Our team of agile Police officers from the IGP Special Intervention Squad stationed at the ASTC in conjunction with Area Commander Pankshin and the DPO swung into action and thwarted the attempted attack.

In a separate incident, an attempt by some criminal arsonists in THE Panyam District to set fire to some worship centers was prevented by swift intervention from the police and with help from some elders of the Community.

AIG Ebong Eyibio also stressed that he has ordered the deployment of additional Special Intervention personnel to Mangu LGA, commended by the Area Commander, Pankshin to further strengthen the existing security architecture in Mangu LGA and ensure compliance with the curfew imposed by the government and prevent further escalation of the incidence which is almost snowboarding into an ethnoreligious crisis.

In another development, a delegation from the Plateau State Government led by the Security Adviser to the Governor, heads of other security agencies, and leaders from both the Christian and Muslim communities, gathered at the Mangu Township Stadium and the Miskam Mwaghavul Palace in Mangu yesterday, the 24th day of January, 2024 to deliberate and chart a way forward to put a stop to the menace. We called on the leadership of both faiths to call their followers to order and ensure total compliance with the government-imposed curfew. Both parties have promised to comply in the interest of peace in their communities. So far, over 10 corpses have been recovered from various locations, two injured persons currently receiving treatment at the hospital, and one car and 10 houses were burnt down.

Before you are the eight (8) suspects from the December 24th, 2023 attack and the nine (9) suspects arrested in connection with the recent attacks in the state.

On behalf of the officers and men of Plateau State Police Command, I want to take this moment to commemorate the government and good people of Mangu LGA over the loss of lives and properties as a result of these attacks.

The AIG reiterates its stand for zero tolerance to any act of criminality and urges the public to remain calm and cooperate with the security agencies as it continues to intensify efforts towards restoring peace, public confidence, and normalcy within the State.



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