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Churches subject members to security checks in Plateau

By Taye Obateru
Jos—Security was tight at most churches in Jos, Plateau State capital, yesterday as they took precautionary measures to forestall a repeat of the previous week’s attack on a church in the city.

Most churches barricaded roads leading to their premises, allowing only church members passage.

However, vehicles belonging to church members were frisked with metal detectors or were physically inspected to ensure that they were free of anything dangerous before being allowed into the premises.

Vehicles were also disallowed from parking close to the fence outside their premises.

In many of the churches, members were no longer allowed to go in with bags which are deposited at designated places within the church premises. Ladies were seen queuing up to collect their bags at the end of the service.

At the Living Faith Church on Jengre Road, car owners were made to open the bonnets and booths of their cars for checking before being allowed into the premises. Members were also frisked at the church door before gaining entry.

Some church members spoken to said the security arrangements were inconveniencing but agreed that they were necessary for the security of all.

Special Task Force, STF, maintaining security in the state also patrolled the city, alongside other security agents, while a military helicopter hovered over the city as church services went on.

In some of the churches visited, prayers were said for a return of peace to the country.


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