Daily Trust (Abuja)

24 December 2012

Nigeria: STF Adopts Measures for Peaceful Christmas Celebration in Jos

The Special Task Force (STF) maintaining peace in Plateau says it has put in place some security measures to ensure hitch-free Christmas and New Year celebrations in the state.

In a statement issued by its media officer, Capt. Salisu Mustapha, the task force said security operatives would be deployed to churches and strategic areas throughout the period.

"STF would increase the temporary checkpoints throughout the festive period as well as intensify vehicular search at checkpoints," it said.

It said vehicles had been banned from entering premises of recreation centres during the period, adding that STF 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.

The statement advised religious leaders to sensitise their followers, particularly the youth, to the need to steer clear of acts capable of disrupting peaceful celebration of Christmas and New Year.

It enjoined the people to report suspicious characters to security agencies and reassured law-abiding residents of its commitment to peaceful celebrations.

The statement said the STF commander, Gen Henry Ayoola, wished Christians and the good people of state a happy Christmas. (NAN)

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