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Plateau Security Council takes stock of looting atrocities in state

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The Plateau State Security Council has again met to deliberate on the security situation, following the massive looting that has been perpetrated across the state in the last two days.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, which held at Government House Rayfield, Jos, Secretary to the Government of the State, Prof. Danladi Atu, asserted thus: “So far, the situation is calm but still fluid, as there are still threats to attack other public and private businesses as well as individuals.

Consequently, he said, “The Council agreed to further fortify all check-points in Jos South and Jos North local government areas to give effect to the curfew imposed, in order to restore peace that will determine the next line of action.”

He also said that security agencies have been mandated to embark on massive manhunt for the arrest of looters and ensure materials are recovered, while culprits are prosecuted.

Prof. Atu said so far, 7 courts have been designated for the prosecution of 307 suspects so far arrested at various locations where the looting took place.

The council warned members of the public from consuming some of the looted food items because they are dangerous for human consumption, as they have been chemically treated for preservation.

Members of the public were further advised to be aware of these dangers and not to patronize the products of these looters.

The council also encouraged the sustenance of all channels of engagement and dialogue with youth groups, community leaders, professional bodies, associations and traditional rulers to foster more understanding that will lead to a de-escalation of the current situation.

Members of the security forces were commended for their efforts so far, and encouraged to continue to work in restoring and maintaining peace in the state.

The government has also promised to look into their challenges with a view to addressing them and making them more effective.

The government again restated that there was no hoarding of palliatives, as the looted items were delivered to the state by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development just before the #EndSARS protests began, which made it difficult for the distribution to commence before the sad looting and destruction of the warehouses.

The council advised members of the public to be wary of propaganda and disinformation that is perpetrated through the social media to incite the people against government and encourage chaos, saying, “No society can exist without law and order.”

They also noted that, up till now, some political leaders and traditional rulers have not engaged their people as resolved at the stakeholders’ meeting with the governor. They are, therefore, being called upon to do so and submit reports to government immediately.

As at 26th October, 2020, some of the looted and vandalized properties include: SEMA Warehouse (Old Nitel Bukuru), PRUWASSA, PADP (Dogon Dutse Jos), Mineral Museum (Angul D, Bukuru), ASTC Vom, Plateau Publishing Company, SUBEB (Dogon Dutse), Government Technical College Bukuru, Ryom Local Government Secretariat, School of Home Economics Vom, Jos Foods, Jos Trade Fair (Polo), private residence of former Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara.

Others such as Grand Cereals Bukuru, State and Federal Secretariats and Private residences of some individuals have also been threatened.

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