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Boko Haram threatens : We will invade plateau
There is anxiety and tension in security circles in Jos, the Plateau State capital, especially among the police and other security agencies.
An intelligence source said on Friday that top police officers in strategic positions in Jos had been inundated with a plan by Boko Haram operatives to target the city for an overwhelming invasion, which might be similar to the large-scale violence it (Boko Haram) carried out in Kano on Jan 20, 2012, which left over 200 people dead.
According to the source, the inhabitants of the city are going about their normal duty and are not aware of the new threat to peace by Boko Haram operatives, who have wreaked havoc in most parts of northern Nigeria since the beginning of 2011.
The source said that Boko Haram men planned to carry out an overwhelming attack in Jos for some unclear reasons.
It was learnt that the police authorities had put all their commanders on the alert to ensure that any such attack was foiled and the culprits apprehended.
It was learnt that all police officers in strategic postings had been placed on a 24-hour duty and effective rotation because of the intelligence report.
The security official said, “As it is, Jos is okay. The Special Task Force has been able to ensure relative peace in the area. The STF is even working towards confidence building in the area among the warring factions.
“And they have been doing very well until very recently; this intelligence report came in to create a surge of tension in the city.
“I must add that this tension is not evident in the city as most of the populace are not aware of this recent threat by the Boko Haram to repeat the Kano attacks in the city.
“The report is alerting the police to be vigilant, and to ensure that such attacks did not take place anywhere near Jos and its environs.”
In a recent message to President Goodluck Jonathan posted on the BBC website in Hausa language by the leader of Boko Haram, Sheik Abubakar Shekau, he said that the sect was at war with Christians because of what they did to Muslims in some of the cities of the North.
Shekau mentioned the areas where Boko Harm members are said to be oppressed as Zango Kataf (Kaduna State), Lantang and Yelwan Shandam (both Plateau).
He said that the only condition for peace in the country was for people embrace Islam and leave according to Islamic injunctions. But an intelligence source has stated that the members of the sect might be targeting court premises and car parks for the attacks.
The source said that it was important that members of the public did not loiter around car parks after parking their vehicles and in the frontage of court premises.
The reason for selecting the court premises as a target was however not mentioned. When contacted, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Yemi Ajayi, said that the police were on red alert in Plateau State.
However, he said that he did not have any information that Jos would be attacked.
Via The Punch