Sallah celebration peaceful in Plateau
Sallah was celebrated peacefully in Plateau State yesterday. To ensure that Sallah was celebrated peacefully, there was a show of force in Jos/Bukuru metropolis by a combined team of security personnel led by the task force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH). They combed all major streets and worship centres, and warned hoodlums to steer clear of the places.
Addressing officers and men of security agencies in the state, the Commander OPSH, Major-General Anthony Atolagbe said the command wants to remove all the security checkpoints in the state, adding that the military has conformed to the international best practice as far as human rights laws are concerned.
Atolagbe further stressed that the show of force by the security personnel was to drum it to the citizens that before, during, and after the festivity, they are ever ready to deal with any form of security breach.
The citizens, according to him, should be rest assured that they are secure at any time, adding that they would deal ruthlessly with any form of lawlessness. He cautioned the residents to remain calm during the celebration.
On his part, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mr. Tyopev Mathias Terna, said the police ban on commercial motorcycles was still in force; as he implored the people to be vigilant and report to the police any suspicious security threat noticed in their areas.
In his goodwill message, Governor Simon Lalong urged Muslim Ummah to use the occasion of Eid-El-Kabir celebrations to propagate the virtues of Islam, which symbolises peace.
Lalong tasked Muslims not to throw the lessons of the event to the winds, while celebrating but to preach good neighbourliness in all its ramifications.
A statement by the Director of Press Affairs to the governor, Mr. Samuel Emmanuel Nanle, appreciated the Islamic injunctions as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim, who agreed to sacrifice his only son as commanded by Allah, adding that the lessons learnt should not be lost in the celebration.
The Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Peter Azi, urged the Muslim community to nurture the country’s nascent democracy to maturity. Mr. Atang Izam Atang, Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, who signed the statement, urged Muslims to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner, which is the symbol of Islam.
On her part, the State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mrs. Patricia Emordi, said they were at motor parks to sensitise the drivers as the Sallah ushered in the “ember” months.
Emordi said they had recruited good numbers of corps marshals and special marshals to ensure safe driving, just as she appealed to drivers to obey traffic laws and regulations.
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