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Plateau alleges plot to unleash fresh violence

By Taye Obateru
Jos — The Plateau State government  yesterday raised an alarm that it had uncovered fresh plans by some people to unleash fresh violence in the state.

The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Gregory Yenlong, alleged in a statement that the planners of the violence had concluded plans to import mercenaries into the state in the planned action.

It accused those behind the alleged plan as being out to frustrate the efforts of government to make peace reign in the state, adding: “Plateau cannot be a ground for lawlessness and impunity.

No individual or group should be allowed to hold citizens to ransom or become a law unto themselves. Any plan to attack the state under any guise would be resisted by the law enforcement agents.”

The statement said the security agencies had been alerted on the plot to enable them nip it in the bud and advised citizens to be alert and report any suspicious movements to security agencies as they go about their lawful businesses.

Group condemns last week’s violence
Meanwhile, a civil group in Jos, the League for Human Rights, has condemned last week’s violence in the state over attempts to implement the ban on the operation of commercial motorcycles in the state.

The group in a statement signed by its Programme Officer, Patience Dassah, described the killing of a policeman and the resistance of the implementation of the law as uncalled for.

“We condemn in strong terms the killing of a police officer and the attack on places of worship by some hoodlums and commercial motorcyclists in the city of Jos. We observed with dismay that some unpatriotic citizens have made it a habit to, at the slightest provocation, take the laws into their hands thereby distorting the peace of the state.

“We want to use this medium to call with a loud voice on all well-meaning Nigerians and religious leaders to condemn in totality these acts of lawlessness directed at uniform personnel, worship centres and business premises,” it said.


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