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JOS – PLATEAU State Governor, Jonah Jang, has urged security chiefs in the state to make necessary arrangements toward hitch-free 2015 general elections, beginning on March 28.

Jang spoke when he received in audience the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 4 (Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa), Mr. Aderenle Shinaba, at the Government House in Jos, just as he received the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi.

Welcoming Shinaba, Jang emphasized that the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies have a critical role in ensuring that Nigeria scores high in its bid to become one of the greatest democracies in the world.

He called for total budgetary support for the police to enable them perform their duties of maintaining law and order, especially now that the country is at a critical period of general elections.

According to him, “the police need prompt payment of their salaries and allowances to enable them perform their duties. I appreciate their efforts on the Plateau as they are working under difficult situations, which need to be looked into.

“Nigerian governors, during one of our meetings with the President (Goodluck Jonathan) at the National Economic Council, agreed on deductions to fund the police but the effort was foiled by some of the governors, who said the deductions were illegal and took the matter to court.”

Responding, Shinaba commended the governor’s infrastructure development in the state and promised that during his stay as AIG in the zone, he would help proffer solutions to most of the security situations and strive to make the zone crime-free, especially during the forthcoming elections.

Addressing clerics, traditional rulers and politicians later in the day, Shinaba said they should play a greater role in promoting peace in any society. However, he cautioned politicians to be mindful of their activities which, if not guarded, could cause violence in the state, just as he lamented that Plateau has been eroded by violence.

He urged the indigenes to report to security agencies any information about plans to disrupt peace during and after the general elections, especially as members of the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, do not have any discernible uniform to identify them by.

However, he dismissed insinuations that the abducted Chibok girls were being used for the suicide bombings in North-East Nigeria.


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