NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Plateau residents joined their counterparts the world over to mark the Christmas yesterday morning amidst tight security, especially in Jos metropolis.
Our correspondents covering the festivities report that there had also been some aerial surveillance on the state with helicopters hovering in the skies to ensure peaceful festivities. It was observed that as early as 6 am, securitymen were stationed on major streets of Rayfield, Bukuru, Hwolshe, Tudun-Wada, Zarmaganda and Farin Gada. Also being policed by the fierce- looking security agents were areas like Dokon Karfe, Abbatoir, Bauchi Road, Rukuba settlement, Angwan- Rogo among others.
Inside most of the settlements, gaily dressed Christians were seeing moving to well guarded churches for worship. It was observed also that the atmosphere was calm with no incident reported anywhere and the festivity began since Monday with various groups and religious organisations organising all manners of events to herald the festivity.
To ensure that the ceremony is hitchfree, the Special Task Force (STF) maintaining the peace in Plateau issued a statement where it advised residents to report any suspicious movement in their vicinities. The STF also banned the entry of vehicles into the premises of recreation centres during the period, and promised that its men would be posted to the centres to complement efforts of local security operatives.
The Task Force also banned the use of fireworks and bangers during the Yuletide, and promised severe consequences to those caught selling or using the device.