Tight security as Plateau residents celebrate Christmas

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Plateau residents celebrate Christmas amidst tight security.

To ensure a terror free Christmas in a city known for its volatility, Jos had in its airways, helicopters patrolling the state.

Christmas in Plateau State, especially in Jos, is being celebrated amidst tight security.

As early as 6 a.m., security men were stationed on major streets of Rayfield, Bukuru, Hwolshe, Tudun-Wada, Zarmaganda and Farin Gada.

Also being policed by the fierce-looking security agents are 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.

The atmosphere was calm with no incident reported anywhere.

Correspondents also observed that the festivity began since Monday with various groups and religious organisations organising all manners of events to herald the festivity.

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 statement signed by Salisu Mustapha, STF Media Officer, indicated that the task-force would introduce additional temporary checkpoints throughout the festive period, while vehicular checks would also be intensified.

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.

The statement also advised religious leaders to sensitise their followers, particularly the youth, on the need to steer clear of acts capable of disrupting a peaceful celebration of the Yuletide.