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Another bloodbath averted in Jos

 By Taye Obateru

Jos — Another bloodbath was averted in the Plateau State capital, yesterday, as security agents foiled an attempt to bomb a building in Nasarawa Gwom area.

The explosives were said to have been planted around a two-storey building located at 13A Nasarawa Gwom by yet to be identified persons but the attention of men of the Military Special Task Force was drawn to the suspicious movement of some people around the building.

The soldiers on searching the building discovered the explosives following which police bomb experts were brought in to remove them before they could cause any damage.

Briefing journalists on the development, the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, said he promptly deployed a team of bomb experts led by an assistant superintendent of police to the scene on getting the alert on the planting of explosives around the building.

He said the team working with other security men moved in swiftly and “de-booby trapped” the building and defused the explosives which were found to be dynamites usually used to blast stones.

He regretted that last weekend’s attack on Mazah village has thrown up new security challenges wondering why series of appeals for people to keep the peace were not being heeded.

 Aduba warned that the police would no longer tolerate acts of violence and advised traditional rulers and other opinion leaders to warn their subjects and wards against taking the laws into their hands.

He advised communities to form vigilante groups to police their environments and check the activities of trouble makers, assuring that the police would cooperate with such groups and regulate their activities.

Earlier in the day, security men had a difficult time dispersing groups of youths who had gathered around Nasarawa Gwom and Zololo Junction along Bauchi Road ready to engage themselves in reprisal attacks.


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