Plateau State Governor, Mr. Jonah Jang, has raised the alarm over
alleged plans by terrorists to attack some parts of the state during
the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
The governor, who spoke in Jos at the 2013 harvest and thanksgiving
service of the COCIN Headquarters Church, said security reports
available to him indicated that the planned attack could be massive if
Our correspondent gathered that the security scare might have informed
the cancellation of the scheduled January 30, 2014 local government
election in Jos North and Wase local government areas.
While Jos North is the theatre of the communal strife in the northern
zone, Wase, in the southern zone of the state, has been the centre of
the ethnic war between the indigenous Taroh community and the
He regretted that despite the efforts to restore permanent peace in
the state, there were people who were bent on truncating the peace
Jang called on the people of the state to protect the hard-earned
peace the state had been experiencing in the last couple of months,
stressing that the people as well as security outfits must be on the
watch for strange faces and report same to the security.
The governor said, "For a long time, we have enjoyed peace on the
Plateau but recent security reports available to the government point
to the fact that some terrorists want to take the advantage of this
Christmas to attack Plateau. But we must be watchful; we must not go
to sleep because keeping peace is not the job of government alone. We
must report suspicious characters in our midst and that's the only way
we can defeat them.
"We have to be watchful at all times as the enemies of the state will
stop at nothing but to pull down the foundation that has been laid,
but I am very optimistic that God will vindicate the state."