Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"We Will Bomb Jos On Christmas Day" - 'Muslim' Group

Special Task Force (STF) on Jos crisis known as Operation Safe Haven has placed its men on red alert following fresh threat of violence by an unnamed Muslim group.

The group has issued a threat letter to bomb places of worship and merriment before December 26. The letter reads: “We, the entire Muslim of Plateau State, will never give up until we have our rights, we will use your boys to destroy you.

Nothing can stop us from bombing these areas before December 26, 2011.” The letter was signed by one Idris Musa.
The group named the targeted places to include Archbishop Court, ECWA churches, West of Mines, Civil Service Club, Lamed Pharmacy, Living Faith Church, Saminaka Viewing Centre, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Alheri, and St. Mulumba Church, Alheri.
Others include Melody Guest House, El-Kasim Guest House, Rukuba Road, Kowa Guest House, among others.

However, STF Media Officer, Capt. Charles Ekeoha, has advised residents to discountenance such threats as they were intended to create panic. He said the task force had placed its men on a 24-hour surveillance to counter any threat.
“I am assuring you that this Christmas will be the freest and most peaceful the residents will celebrate in recent times. We gave the same assurance during the Sallah celebrations and I am repeating the same assurance now.

“I know there are apprehensions and it’s written all over the faces of people. But they should not be afraid and allow some misguided people to spoil their day. We are equal to the task,” he assured. Meanwhile, three people are feared dead following an early morning attack on Saturday by unknown persons in Jwol and Foron, all in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.

It was gathered that some unknown persons set fire to the surrounding villages and as the unsuspecting residents came out to put out the fire they were shot by the assailant.
This resulted in the death of two people, and at the time of filing this report one of the bodies was yet to be recovered.

According to director of a faith-base foundation, the Stephanus Foundation, Engr. Mark Lipdo, some people set fire “on surrounding bushes in Jwol, when people in the area came out to put off the fire, they were shot and two were killed, while a body is still missing.” He further confirmed that one other person was also killed in Foron in a separate night attack.

The missing person in the Jwol attack was identified as Mr. Dung Danjuma.
When contacted, Captain Charles Ekeocha said he was not briefed on the matter, while Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, ASP Jacob Apev, promised to make enquiry and call back. But at the time of filing this report the PPRO was yet to call.


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