Jos, the capital of Plateau State on Thursday saw an abnormal nearness of army
officers, policemen and other security operators watching the city and causing dread among inhabitants.
It was reported that as early as 8am, more than 80 vans and Armoured Personnel Carriers with security operative were seen lined up at the police headquarters.
They later moved to Rukuba Road, Zaria Road, University of Jos-Bauchi Road, Dogon Dutse, Angwan Rukuba, Yan-Trailer, Tina Junction, British America Junction, NNPC Mega Station, Maraban Jamaa Roundabout, Miango Junction, ITF Junction, Tudun Wada, Hill Station Junction before returning to the police headquarters.
To explain the heavy military presence, the spokesman of the police, Mr Mathias Tyopev said that in addition to the patrol, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Isaac Akinmoyede, who is also the chairman of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Elections Security, also commissioned the Joint Operations Room that would be used by all security and law enforcement agencies in Plateau State for the general elections.
He also added that “The Joint Operation Room which shall be opened for 24 hours is dedicated to all members of the public who have complaints and observations about the operations of all officers and men who will be participating in the 2019 General Elections. The two phone numbers dedicated for members of the public to call are 08181840461 and 09024453126.