by Hauwa Gambo
The Nigerian police authorities have stepped up their efforts to protect citizens in crisis-prone areas of the counrty.
For one, it has advised churches and mosques in the attack-prone capital of Plateau State – Jos – to begin building concrete fences around their premises.
According to the state police commissioner, Emmanuel Ayeni, this will prevent “drive-in” attacks. The advise, he says, is the result of security meetings with stakeholders including community, religious and government leaders.
“During worship sessions, the entire premises should be cordoned off, while religious leaders must provide technical devices to enable the guards carry out thorough checks on worshippers,” he said.
Stating that fenced buildings are easier to secure since they force attackers to go through entrances, he also advised that vehicles be parked outside the fences and that security personnel should widen their focus outside of entrances and exits.
As part of the police’s high profile efforts to battle crime in the state and mitigate violence in the state, he also announced a ban on ‘Goskolo’, a locally brewed dry gin which he blamed for youth excess in the state.