The Plateau State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has adopted the monthly interface that will address security challenges among prominent citizens and stakeholders as a means to achieving mediation and lasting peace in the state.
Inaugurating the forum, Plateau State Police Commissioner, Adekunle Oladunjoye, said the initiative is to involve multifaceted strata of the society, especially the respected and experienced leaders as part of the community policing strategies which is aimed at cross –fertilisation of ideas and advancing safer and secured society.
The Eminent Persons and Stakeholders’ Forum is established as a practical step in discussing security issues that will involve the people with the aim of enshrining community policing for effective security in the society.
The forum, comprising of traditional rulers, religious and community leaders, retired public servants, leaders of market women associations including youth leaders as well as transporter’s union leaders are to be meeting on monthly basis with resolutions passed to Police High Command for deliberations.
The inauguration witnessed comments from members of the forum, such as a traditional ruler, Yakubu Chaimang, the Director General of Plateau Peace Building Agency, Joe Lengmangs and a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mohamme Ali Jos.
They all gave various suggestions on the importance of such gathering towards having a secured society.
The regular meeting of the forum will assist in discussing security issues and challenges in the society as well as mediation and social control during security upheavals by sharing confidential information with the people and proffering solutions to the challenges with a view of having a secured society.
A group of youths in Plateau State, north central region of Nigeria took to the streets on Monday protesting the inclusion of the state among states that have agreed to contribute lands for the purpose of establishing grazing reserves.
The youths want the state government to engage the people in proper sensitisation and awareness and discuss the policy before taking any decision on behalf of the people, considering the sensitivity of the policy.
The youths under the auspices of Plateau G17 Youths for Peace and Progress Forum have asked government to rescind the decision and engage citizens.
There was security coverage for the protesting youths as the Plateau State Police Commissioner, Adekunle Oladunjoye, led other security operatives to make sure that the protest does not get out of hand and hijacked by hoodlums.
The convener and leader of the forum, Dachung Bagos, expressed their fears about government’s action. He said that the move could jeopardise the relative peace being enjoyed in the state.
Meanwhile, the government through the Director General of the Plateau State Peace Building Agency, Joseph Lengmang, has denied government’s involvement in any decision on the grazing reserve policy.
Police have apprehended seven suspected Fulani herdsmen along Riyom/Ganawuri road in Plateau State.
The arrest was made by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police Force during a stop and search operation on the highway.
The arrest was disclosed to reporters by the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Adekunle Oladunjoye, during a briefing on the command’s activities in Jos.
Mr Oladujoye said that 504 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition, four locally constructed AK47 butts and other incriminating items were found on the suspects during the operation.
He hinted that the Police also nabbed a group of syndicate known as ‘Sarasuka’, who specialised in molesting residents around the new stadium within the Jos metropolis.
The Police Commissioner appealed to the public to help complement the efforts of the security agents in combating crimes and criminal activities in the north-central state.
He asked them to help provide useful information on activities of criminal elements and their probable hideouts within their communities, in order to ensure guaranteed security of lives and property in the state.
Police in Plateau State on Tuesday rescued two infants from the den of kidnappers and apprehended some criminals terrorising the state.
Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Adekunle Oladunjoye, stated that the Command’s efforts through intensive patrols, raids, intelligence led policing and community partnership contributed in checkmating the criminal elements in the state.
The Police Commissioner, however, explained the rescue of a three year-old boy sent on an errand by the mother, but kidnapped in Jos, the capital of Plateau State and was taken to Bauchi before he was rescued by the police.
Another new born baby was also abducted within the Jos metropolis.
The Police boss also alerted the public to be aware of counterfeit currency of different denominations which are in circulation.
As security agents continue to wage the war against crime and criminal elements, the public is expected to play a complimentary role by assisting in providing useful information where crimes are committed.
Newly promoted officers in the Nigeria Police Force have been asked to be more dedicated and double their efforts in the discharge of their duties.
The Plateau State Police Commissioner, Adekunle Oladunjoye, gave the charge at the decoration ceremony of promoted officers in the state’s Police Command in Jos.
While addressing the newly promoted officers, Mr Oladunjoye commended the activities of the Police officers towards combating crime which he said had yielded positive results.
He attributed part of these successes to the collaboration with other security agents which has culminated in the apprehension of some criminals and relative peace enjoyed in the state.
Some of the promoted officers, DSP Aminu Daura and ATO Etim Okon, thanked the Police authorities and pledged to be more dedicated in the discharge of their duties.
The event, which took place at the Police Officers Mess in Jos, the Plateau State capital witnessed a large turnout of friends and family of the Police officers who came to witness the decoration ceremony.
Fourteen officers were promoted from the rank of Assistant Superintendent to Deputy Superintendent; 35 Inspectors were also elevated to the rank of Assistant Superintendent while 19 Senior Traffic Officers were promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Traffic.
The Plateau State Police Command has identified some massive aggressive patrol systems as strategies for dominating the crime environment.
The Commissioner of Police, Adekunle Oladunjoye, shared his observation with reporters in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
The measures, consisting of foot and vehicular patrols as well as neighbourhood watch and vigilante groups, according to the Police Commissioner, have been yielding positive results, making it impossible for criminals to operate effectively in the state.
Reeling out other achievements, he said that several cases ranging from culpable homicide, armed robbery, criminal conspiracy as well as dealing in arms and ammunition were some of the issues the Police confronted.
Mr Oladunjoye also added that apart from vandalising the Jos Electricity Distribution Company equipment, the slippers of the railway line of the Nigeria Railway Corporation were not spared by the criminals that succeeded in removing them but were caught in the act.
One of the suspects, having been severally released on bail, admitted that he has been driving the criminals whenever they went for their operations. He had been arrested on different occasions.
Some flats of the Mobile Police Force Squadron 8 in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, was gutted by fire late Thursday night with property worth millions of naira destroyed.
No life was lost in the inferno but occupants of the flats could not salvage anything from the affected buildings as documents, electronics, household materials and other domestic materials were consumed in the fire incident which was attributed to high power voltage from the electricity supply company.
The fire left four blocks of flats burnt before it was eventually curtailed by the combined fire services of the Air Force and government house fire management officers.
The inferno occurred while the police officers occupying the affected flats were on duty with only some family members indoors. The clothing on the victims were all they were able to come out with.
The Plateau State Police Commissioner, Adekunle Oladunjoye, after assessing the level of damage, explained that a temporary accommodation would be provided for the affected families while other details concerning compensations for the affected officers are being looked into.