Ban on football viewing centres in Jos still on – police

Security officials in Jos insist that TV viewing centres cannot function in the city due to the security situation.

The Plateau State Police Command announced on Thursday, in Jos, that the ban on TV viewing centres in the city is still in force, and warned operators against flouting the order.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Abu, said that the ban has not been reviewed, and stated that defaulters would be dealt with “decisively” if they are caught.

The police and the Special Task Force (STF) maintaining peace had banned viewing centres after discovering that they had become targets of terrorist attacks. Some people were killed and many others injured in separate attacks on four viewing centres between April and June, prompting the ban.

Mr. Abu, however, said that the ban would be reviewed when the security situation in the metropolis improves, and denied knowledge of any centre that is flouting the order.

“We have no report of any disobedience, but we shall start checking some of the viewing centres now that European nations have resumed soccer action,” he said.

Some of the operators however alleged that they have “a way of agreeing with the police officers in spite of the ban.”

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