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Plateau police ramp up security for Eid-El-Fitr celebration

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As Muslim faithful and their well wishers are set to celebrate the 2024 Eid-El-Fitr, the Commissioner of Police Plateau State Command, Steve Yabanet, has put in place proactive security measures to ensure a successful and peaceful celebration across the State.

The Police boss has already drawn out a stiff security plan for the forthcoming celebration by maximizing all operational assets of the Command and deploying all tactical teams such as the PMF, CTU, EOD and Anti-Kidnaping Unit (AKU) to nip crime in the bud.

In adherence to the CP’s directive, deployment of conventional Police operatives to strategic locations across the State to provide safety has commenced.

In a statement by the command’s Public Relation Officer (PPRO) Alfred Alabo, “the general public is urged to be vigilant, report any suspicious activity and cooperate with security officials deployed to maintain peace and order.

“The security of all prayer houses, playing grounds, recreational parks and other public places within the state has been prioritized with high concentration of Police operatives to ensure a hitch free Eid-El-fitr.

“The Command also wish to call on parents and guardians to play their part in ensuring that their children and wards do not engage in drug/substance abuse and other forms of anti-social activities that could affect the festivity and land them into trouble.

“Also the ban on the sale and purchase of fire works such as knockout and other explosive devices is still enforceable.

“Similarly, the activities of commercial tricycles (popularly known as Kekenapep) is suspended on Sallah day, while the total ban on motorcycles operation popularly know as (Okada) within the Jos and Bukuru metropolis remains in force”; part of the statement reads.

The statement adds that the Commissioner wishes all residents of Plateau State a peaceful and joyous Eid-El-Fitr celebration in advance.

BusinessDay gathered that the CP has painstakingly taken time to visit all the Eid prayer grounds within the Jos-Bukuru metropolis in order to assess the security gaps and ensure that all necessary deployments are made to keep all worshippers safe, avoid any eventualities and ensure a safe celebration throughout the State.

Meanwhile the police commissioner had earlier hosted the Director General, Industrial Training Funds, (ITF) Dr. Afizere Ogun, where Peace, security and development were the focal points of discussion.

In his remark, the Plateau Police boss who described ITF as the human training and development hub of the country, said Nigeria Police is in tone with the crucial role the organization plays in nation building and that the Police is fully committed to maintaining peace, and providing security to pave way for development in the country.

He told the DG that sequel to his assumption of office, he took drastic measures to improving peace on the Plateau which include; visitation of crisis epic centers, initiation of signing of peace packs among communities to curb communal attacks, organizing peace and security meeting with stakeholders among others.

According to the CP, it is evident that crime has reduced to the bearest minimum in the State as criminals are now apprehensive because they hardly escape when they commit crime within the Jos metropolis.

The Commissioner further hinted, that his Command has made tremendous breakthroughs in the fight against crime and criminality in the State, saying the massive harvest of criminals in the recent parading of suspects at the Police State Headquarters is another evidence that Plateau State is no longer habitable for criminals.

Earlier in his speech, the ITF boss, Dr. Hafiz Ogun said that his encounter with some Police officers has given him a better understanding of the challenges of the police as an organization and also changed his perception about the police.

The DG who affirmed that the Police is truly a friend, said members of the public will start appreciating the Police when it downtool for a day.

He told the CP that him and his management team were at the Police State Headquarters to strengthen the camaraderie that existed between ITF and the Police in the State and to assure the CP that the welfare of his officers who are posted to ITF will be well taken care of.