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Nigeria: Group Raises the Alarm Over Suspected Foreign Assassins in Jos

Vigilant Democrats, a Jos-based group, has raised the alarm and alerted residents of Jos and Plateau State of the existence of 30 suspected foreign assassins and kidnappers deployed into Jos allegedly by those it described as "enemies of peace in Plateau" to wreak havoc on the citizens and plunge the state into another round of confusion

The group, which addressed the press Saturday morning said it had received intelligence allegedly reports that the prime targets include the Special Adviser on Special Duties to Governor Jonah Jang, who is also the governor's son, Mr. Yakubu Jang; Chairman of the state's Traditional Council, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba; member representing Jos South/ Jos East in the House of Representatives, Mr. Bitrus Kaze; Chairman, Barkin Ladi Local Government, Mr. Emmanuel Loman; and also the Gwom Rwei of Barkin Ladi.

Spokesman of the group, Mr. Jonathan Pwajok, disclosed that the suspected foreign mercenaries are trained as kidnappers and assassins.

"We are aware that between 1pm to 2pm on Monday, the 22nd of April, a gang of hired assassins acting on a tip-off from two prominent politicians in Jos trailed Hon Bitrus Kaze in an unmarked Brown Vectra car from his house to UTC junction along Murtala Mohammed way Jos , all the four occupants of the brown Vectra, except one, are foreign nationals; three of them were armed with FN assault rifles and were on a mission to kidnap and subsequently assassinate him.

"The assassins set out from a place of worship in Rafin Pa and were able to track Hon Kaze's car with the help of a former Local Government chieftain, who monitored and reported his movement to the assassins shortly after he drove out of his house. They took photocopy photographs with particular attention to the official plate number of the car Hon Kaze was driving," Pwajok alleged.

"What saved Kaze's life was the fact that he drove to the military checkpoint at the UTC junction along Murtala Mohammed Way, where he packed and remained inside his car for over 20 minutes.

"It is very unambiguous to us who these forces behind the new face of terror on the plateau are and we will not hesitate to deploy all lawful arsenals within our reach in facing them squarely."

While condemning the alleged attempt, the group said: "It was callous to want to permanently shut out and silence our elected leader; it is barely one year since the state was thrown into mourning after the brutal murder of two prominent sons, Senator Gyang Dangtong and Hon Gyang Fulani.

"We call on all prominent sons and daughters of Plateau and all peace loving citizens of the state to watch out and to increase surveillance in their vicinity."

The group said it appreciated the efforts of the security operatives in the state in protecting lives and properties, but wondered "how an unmarked car with occupants armed to the teeth could traverse the city of Jos from Rafin-Pa, Corner-Shagari to as far as UTC junction brandishing weapons without being detected and arrested, notwithstanding the numerous military check point.," adding, "This new dimension of terrorism is aimed at threatening our common security as Nigerians."

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Felicia Aslem could not be reached for possible reaction on the matter.

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