by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau State Police Command under the leadership of CP Edward Egbuka, in its renewed “commitment and unrelenting efforts” to reduce crime and criminality to the barest minimum in the state as its core mandate remains unequivocal and unwavering.
The command wishes to inform residents and the good people of the state to be wary of criminal activities of ‘One Chance’ transport operators, cultists, car snatchers, armed robbers and other criminal elements in the state.
A statement on this issue was signed and issued to newsman in Jos on Tuesday by the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Ubah Gabriel Ogaba, indicating that, “The ‘One Chance’ syndicates are criminals operating under the guise of ‘commercial taxi drivers, tricyclists’ or ‘private vehicle operators’ to pick unsuspecting commuters along the road, convey them to secluded places and dispossess them of their belongings, often at gunpoint or through the use of drugs and other weapons.
“They are not registered with any Road Transport Union; they use unregistered vehicles to operate outside designated Motor Parks.
“It is on this note that the Command wishes to advise commuters to be carefully observant and endeavor to board vehicles at designated parks in the state, as intelligence gathered revealed that these syndicates always station their unregistered vehicles with fake number plates at different points within the city center, where they pick unsuspecting road users.
“The Commissioner of Police hereby assures residents and members of the public of more deployment of Police personnel to enhance visibility/community policing across the state to combat crime.
Meanwhile, members of the public are advised to promptly call the Command’s emergency hotlines for vital information and complaints.