Pleads with residents to be courageous to defeat terrorists
BY Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North & Marie-Therese Nanlong
JOS —Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State, yesterday, asked the people of the state not to be cowed by the spate of bombings being launched by terrorists in the state but to be courageous and hopeful for an abrupt end of the insurgents.
Jang, who spoke at a special interdenominational service at the Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN, in Jos, said the state would overcome the atrocities of the insurgents if the people put their trust in God.
The governor was reacting to late Saturday night’s bombing incident in which a suicide bomber blew up himself along with two other persons in a botched attempt to bomb a public viewing centre in the city while the UEFA finals was going on.
While calling on the people to be more security-conscious, Governor Jang said he believed the latest bomb was locally made in the area it went off.
To provide additional support to other security agencies in the state in countering terrorism, the governor announced the immediate take-off of a local security outfit to be known as ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ in the state.
Although details of the new outfit were not given, it is expected to work closely with the Joint Task Force, JTF, to enhance information gathering and sharing among the agencies and the locals in fighting terrorism.
The governor, however, renewed his call on the natives to be more vigilant and to promptly report suspicious movements and elements to law enforcement agonies for appropriate actions.
On Saturday night, a suicide bomber blew himself and two others up in a failed attempt to kill football enthusiasts, who had converged on the state capital to watch the finals of the European Football League, UEFA.
The bomber, it was learnt, was killed when the bomb he had primed went off before he could reach its target.
Special Adviser to Governor Jonah Jang on Media, Pam Ayuba, told Vanguard that the church service was the only event organised by the governor to mark this year’s Democracy Day in keeping with the mood in the nation.