Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has given a marching order for the police to fish out and dislodge all ‘unknown gunmen’ from the state.
The Governor issued the directive on Monday during the handing over of 50 patrol vehicles and 200 motorcycles to security agencies to boost the fight against insecurity in the state.
Lalong told the police that he wants the term ‘unknown gunmen’ who have been known to cause insecurity to become a thing of the past in Plateau.
He said: “We have also realized that while we consolidate on the peace, the crises merchants are not sleeping as their source of business has been obstructed due to the actions we have put in place to restore stability. Therefore, they are restless and trying various methods to breach the peace.”
The Governor however expressed confidence in the ability of the police to tackle all criminal activities and the criminals themselves.
Naija News understands the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba who was on a visit to Plateau state was also in attendance at the handing over event which held at the new Government House, Rayfield, Jos.
The IGP while appreciating the Governor for the gesture, assured the people of the state of their safety, noting that Governor Lalong has challenged them with the donation of security materials and they will also respond appropriately.
According to him, “You have challenged us by this gesture and I can confidently assure Your Excellency that we shall not fail you as we appreciate that to whom much is given, much more is expected.”
He added: “More police personnel will soon be recruited to boost the manpower of the force while the training of the personnel is also being accorded serious attention.”
Meanwhile, a tanker conveying fuel in the early hours of Tuesday fell and went up in flames along the Lagos-Ibadan highway.
It was gathered that the incident happened around 6 am on Tuesday.