Nigeria police say Churches, Mosques be ‘fenced’ against attacks

COCIN Church headquarters in Jos bombed this morning... Photos: Courtesy SaharaReporters

The Police in Nigeria have advised Churches and Mosques in the volatile city of Jos, Plateau state to build block fences around worship centres to prevent drive-in attacks.

The Plateau state Police Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ayeni, said that the measure was one of the decisions reached at a security meeting with government officials, as well as community and religious leaders.on Saturday.

The police commissioner argued that fenced building was easier to secure, as attackers could only go through the entrances to get at targets.

Added measures agreed at the meeting includes that all vehicles must be parked outside such fenced premises.

The police also advised that security guards must stop concentrating on just the entrances and exits of the buildings.

“During worship sessions, the entire premises should be cordoned off, while religious leaders must provide technical devices to enable the guards carry out thorough checks on worshippers,” Ayeni said.

Ban on ‘Goskolo’

The commissioner directed an intensified ban on ‘Goskolo’ the locally brewed dry gin blamed for dangerous behaviours among young adults.

He directed Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) to ensure strict compliance on the product ban.

Worship centres, especially Churches in the city have come under series of serious attacks by assailants who usually drive in to detonate bombs in suicide mission style.

The masterminds of these attacks are never caught. In few times, the terrorist Boko Haram sect claimed responsibility for such attacks.

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