IED: Plateau police enlighten residents

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By Muhammad Tanko Shittu

Plateau state Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Olakpe, has called on the general public to be conscious of containers and other related items.
Olakpe made the call on Monday during the sensitisation of journalists on what Improved Explosive Device (IED) was all about in Jos.
He said: “It is important to do the advocacy so that people will understand how it looks. As journalists, you should share the information; it is of paramount importance to do that.”

He said when there is explosion people should lie down, adding that people should desist from rushing to the sites of bomb blasts “because the first explosion usually follows with a second.”
Olakpe said people should be careful of rumours, and that journalists should be conscious of facts and figures.

On the rumour that there were some other explosives to be denoted, Olakpe said the police were searching the city.
He said: “We making investigation over the twin blasts of Tuesday, and that of Saturday of which the investigation in collaboration with other security agencies, have gone far. We will in due course inform you of our findings.”
Olakpe also paraded before the Timothy Gyang a car thief who, according to the CP, specialises in the theft of Honda cars.
“His arrest has helped us with vital information that led to the discovery of some other vehicles.”

Olakpe said the suspect, a resident of Rayfield in Jos South area of the state had been selling the cars in Kaduna state.
Displaying some of the IEDs recovered and put to safety sometime back, the Unit commander of the Police Anti-bomb Squad, DSP Abel Mbibi, said the public should be wary of people carrying cylinders, adding that “IEDs are made into various shapes, with some of them being timed, while others have remote control.”

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