The Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, is asking the people of the state not to be cowed by the spate of bombings being launched by terrorists in the state, but to be courageous and hopeful for an abrupt end of the insurgents.
In order to provide additional support to other security agencies in the state in countering terrorism, the Governor announced the immediate take-off of a local security outfit to be known as ‘Neighborhood Watch’ in the state.
Governor Jang, who spoke at a special interdenominational service at the Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN, in Jos, the Plateau State capital, said that the state would overcome the atrocities of the insurgents if the people put their trust in God.
The explosions, believed to have been caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), occurred around the busy Jos Main Market, between railway terminus and also at the temporary site of the Jos University Teaching Hospital.
President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned Sunday’s bombing at the Headquarters of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN), Jos which left at least three people dead and several others injured.
The President’s message was contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati.
In the statement, the President spokesman said, “It is with great sadness that President Goodluck Jonathan received the news of the suicide bombing, today, at the Headquarters of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) in Jos, Plateau state, and the mindless acts of reprisal that followed the incident.
Mr President conveys his sympathies and condolences to the victims of the odious acts. Those who seek to divide us by fear and terror will not succeed. The indiscriminate bombing of Christians and Muslims is a threat to all peace-loving Nigerians. Mr President will continue to stand firm to ensure the safety and security of all Nigerians while ensuring that the relevant institutions move against those who disregard the sanctity of life in the pursuit of sectarian ambitions.
Government is gradually and firmly bringing justice to those behind these attacks and exposing their identities and dismantling their terror infrastructure. Those behind similar acts of terror in recent times have been arrested and are being investigated with a view to prosecuting them accordingly, as a deterrent to others. President Jonathan appeals to all residents of Plateau state to remain calm and be law abiding”. As we mourn with today’s victims, let it be known that efforts are being redoubled to win the war against terror.
Special Adviser to Plateau state Governor Jonah Jang on Media and Publicity, Ayba Pam, while speaking to the press at the scene of the incident commended the swift response of security operatives.
He said the response prevented the attackers from causing even further damage and limited the casualty to one police officer that was shot by the attackers.
Apart from the police officer that died in the attack, three vehicles were damaged, while a portion of the church fence was also damaged, but no worshiper was injured in the explosion.
Dreaded Islamic sect who have claimed responsibility for the attacks had previously sent threat letters around the central city, warning of attacks in worship and social centers.
The threat prompted the Security Council to institute measures to prevent and safeguard residents from the looming attacks.
Just as worshipers were leaving the church after the Christmas Day service, however, pandemonium broke out when attackers descended upon security officers posted to the church.
A shootout ensued between the attackers and security agents and a police officer was reportedly killed in the attack. The attackers threw IEDs at the Church, destroying some of the fencing.
Spokesman of the Special Task Force assured that his men were now investigating the attacks, adding that four suspects are already in custody in connection to the attacks and will be charged after the holidays.