Yakubu Busari, Jos
The Plateau State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has admitted that cultists have turned Jos, the state capital into a frightened place for residents as they terrorise and attack innocent citizens, mostly at night.
In a press statement made available to our medium by the Command’s Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, DSP ,Matthew Tyopev on Friday in Jos, the police disclosed that the state now record high rate of criminality and the cases of culpable homicide in some suburb and settlements .
According to him, the Plateau State Command on Friday at about 11:20hrs received a distress call that a gang of armed men suspected to be cultists, armed with guns, went to Abdul Salam Street in Chorbe Area of Jos North and shot one Chinedu Okoye ‘m’ aged 38 years old in his shop.
“The cultists stormed Chorbe where they wrecked havoc by killing one victim who was rushed to Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty,” he said.
Investigation shows that other areas have also come under the threat of the criminal. The affected areas are Jenta Mangoro where a group of suspected armed bandits stormed the compound of one Mrs Bitrus Chala, close to ECWA Jenta Mangoro and did away with electronics and cash .
Efforts by community leaders to communicate with the security personnel proved abortive as there was no police outpost in the whole of Jenta Mangoro and Adamu .
The community leaders called on security and state government to intervene by ensuring that road network connect the area for smooth operation of security personnel .
They all lamented the high rate of criminal elements perpetuating crime in the the area and creating fear and tension in the residents
The brazen acts, Tyopev said, were quickly responded to by the police which mobilized detectives of the Command to the scenes, leading to the arrested of the following suspects:-
- Ezeala Augustine ‘m’ 26yrs of No. R40 Unity Junction Chorbe, who was in one of the tricycles that was used for the criminal operation
- Lawal Aliyu ‘m’ 40 years of Angwan Rogo.
He said efforts are ongoing to arrest the other fleeing suspects, while he appealed to members of the public to volunteer information that would lead to the timely arrest of the other suspects.