June 22, 2012 by Jude Owuamanam, Jos
Plateau State Commissioner of Police Mr. Emmanuel Ayeni, said on Thursday that the state command had uncovered plans by terrorists to bomb Jos on Sunday.
Ayeni said the discovery had necessitated the need for residents to volunteer information to security agencies to nip any threat in the bud. Ayeni said it was only in so doing that terrorists and other criminal elements could be fished out and dealt with.
Speaking at the security stakeholders meeting in Jos, Ayeni said there was a need for security to be re-strategised and urged residents to provide credible information to the security about terrorists hideout in the state.
He said, “This bomb threat is very, very real and I know it because I’m in position to know as the state Commissioner of Police. We are almost in a state of emergency and everyone is looking for a way of surviving and by the grace of God very soon everything will be over.
“The threat of suicide bombing by the Boko Haram sect is real. We have seen it and it has claimed the lives of innocent citizens.
“It is time for you to expose these evil people living within you. We have distributed numbers and nobody have ever called to give us tips about their activities in the state; you should expose them before the havoc is done.
“You should not leave the responsibility of protecting lives only to the security personnel; everybody should assume the status of an intelligent officer and be a pragmatic informant, who will always volunteer information, only that will help us nip in the bud the activities of Boko Haram”
Ayeni regretted the multiple suicide omb explosions that rocked Kaduna and Damaturu and cautioned youths in the state to desist from reprisals.
He added that it was reprisals that claimed several lives and led to the imposition of 24-hour curfew in Kaduna State.
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