By: Valentine Adese (JP), Musa Gabriel,
The situation of the 2019, Christmas celebration in Plateau State capital, Jos, in Jos North Local Government Area (LGA), can in no other way, but be described as peaceful, as the usual crises that rocked the state capital, from 2001 to 2014, seem to have been nipped to the bud by the Governor Simon Bako Lalong’s Rescue Administration and the security agencies, operating in the state.
The vehicular movement of commercial vehicles, cyclists and other forms of commercial transportation and probable threats to lives and property, were seriously under watch and control, as there were restrictions to their movements.
However, while the security operatives and the government were looking at the mobile threats, the rulers of the night, took to their foot and started hunting their unsuspecting victims on the streets and at their retail shops, within the city.
The rate of armed robbery in the city through the Eve of the Christmas is highly unprecedented, as most residents of Jos, became victims from 7.00 pm from the 24th December, 2019.
The foot-robbers in their numbers had an uninterrupted days, from the Eve of Christmas to the actual Christmas Day, with an additional advantage of an expanded filed of operations, from the popular Polo Club roundabout to the flyover, leading to the Plateau State Secretariat.
They snatched handsets, bags, cars and forcefully took money from their victims at gun point.
Sadly, the robbery was also carried out, within the Police territory, especially, at Jenta Makeri, in Jos. A community hosting the State Police Command.
At Jenta Makeri, this paper can authoritatively report that, retail shops were robbed for over 2 hours, on the Eve of Christmas and wears carted away by a group of these robbers at gun point.
It is of note that the Plateau State Police Command had in several occasions kept me at watch along Jenta Makeri, at the junction leading to a former Minister of Sports, late John Kadia. Unhappily, the community has reported that the security men were off their duty post on these unfortunate days!
The situation in Jenta Adamu, Apata, Rukuba road among others are also tales of horror, pain, sorrow and losses.