By: Valentine Adese,
The last seven (7) days tension in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, that has recorded destruction of properties and the termination of several lives, seems to have come under control, as socioeconomic activities, show signs of returning, with Commercial Banks in the city and other Financial houses, opening their doors for transactions and other commercial activities.
You would recall that despite the tension created by the rumoured planted bomb by a bakery house close to the popular Terminus market yesterday, the turnout of traders to the market today indicates that they are not perturbed by the incident.
It is to be noted that, since the crisis in the city started last week Thursday, at Rukuba Road, an area in Jos North Local Government Area of the State, the state Governor, Simon Bako Lalong has been in and out of several security meetings.
The Governor in his efforts to control the spread of the skirmishes in the state has continued to impose different levels of curfew in relation to the level of impact evaluation.
Just yesterday, REALITY gathered that the Governor was in different meetings with stakeholders from three different local government areas that are major flash points in the on-going attacks and killings. The Governor engaged in peace dialogue with stakeholders from Jos-North, Bassa and Jos-South LGAs, REALITY can authoritatively state.
To corroborate the efforts of the Governor to return peace to the troubled spots, Officers of the Special Task Force (STF) operating in Plateau State are now patrolling troubled zones in Jos City,.
You would recall that following the attack of gunmen who ambushed and killed 15 persons in Rukuba Road, within Jos North Local Government Area, the STF had kept its men on vigil.
The Rukuba Road incident, however, led to a reprisal attack by the locals, leading to counter attacks, which later spread through the city center all through till Sunday afternoon.
Reacting to the unfortunate mayhem, the STF Commander, Major General Augustine Chris Agundu, moved swiftly and mobilized more personnel to the affected troubled zones.
Agundu, who was on ground, at the various flash points and troubled zones, warned that those perpetrating the ungodly act, must be fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law.
In another development, residents of Jos, the Plateau State capital, were on Tuesday gripped with fear and apprehension that persons impersonating as soldiers in uniforms had taken over the streets and were responsible for the renewed wave of violence in the city. They, however, called on the relevant authorities to investigate the invasion by the alleged impersonators.
Reports were rife also that the fake soldiers, in military uniforms with names tags, but without numbers, were armed with guns, and that they have invaded Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas (LGAs) where they had been killing residents.
With tranquility returning to the capital, all eyes are now focused on the on-going Military activities taking place in Dura Du, the village of the immediate past governor of the state, who is the Senator, representing the people of the Northern zone of the state, at the upper chambers of the National Assembly (NASS) and a strong contender for the presidential slot on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Unconfirmed report already has it that, the military, who are at Du village on the assignment to recover or find the Missing Major Gen. Alkali, have allegedly started harassing civilians in that area.
According to reports making the rounds, “there is a worrisome military-on-civilian harassment situation along the Dwei -Latiya axis.” REALITY has been informed.
SEE SOME PICTURES BELOW OF JOS CITY TODAY: