Jos Killings: miscreants killed travelers, not Irigwe youths, Plateau CP says

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Photo: Gov Lalong receiving briefing from the top security chiefs in the state.

Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka has clarified the controversy over the identity of those behind last Friday’s attacks and killing of no fewer than 25 travelers on Rukuba Road in Jos.

Briefing newsmen after a meeting of heads of the security agencies in the state with Governor Simon Lalong, Egbuka said the dastardly killings were perpetrated by hoodlums in the state capital.

He stressed that the various heads of security agencies briefed the Governor on the security situation which he said was under control.

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“These are miscreants and hoodlums who want to take advantage of the situation to cause trouble and loot.

“This is not the first time it has happened. We don’t want to name anybody. It’s just miscreants and miscreants will always want to take advantage,” the Commissioner said.

He assured that the security agencies would  go all out to ensure that they fished out the criminals and miscreants who must be made to face the law of the land.

He explained that the heads of security agencies in Plateau State had briefed the Governor on the security situation in the State and the level of implementation of the curfew imposed on Jos North, Jos South and Bassa LGAs.

The security top shots present at the closed-door meeting with the Governor, included the Commander, Operation Safe Haven and the GOC 3rd Armoured Division, the Commissioner of Police, the Airforce Commander, and the State Director, DSS.

Egbuka further said the imposition of the 24 hour curfew in Jos North on Sunday had curtailed the spread of violence in the Jos metropolis where 7 persons were killed.

According to him, a total of 36 persons from the attack were rescued unhurt and in good condition. He said so far, more persons had been arrested and investigation was still ongoing.

He advised the citizens to abide by the curfew and avoid violations as the security agencies were poised to enforce the directives of the Governor in maintaining law and order.

Earlier, the Co-Chairmen of the Plateau Inter-Religous Council, Rev. Prof. Pandang Yamsat and Emir of Wase Alhaji Muhammadu Sambo Haruna met with the Governor behind closed doors to discuss the intervention of the Council in calming the current situation.

They disclosed that the Council would be carrying out its engagements to further douse the tension, a statement by Dr. Makut Simon Macham, Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor, said.

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