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Police warn against rushing to bomb blast scenes

27 May 2014, 14:20

Jos - The Commissioner of Police in Plateau, Chris Olakpe, on Monday called on people to stop rushing to bomb blast scenes as there was always the possibility of second blast.

Olakpe made the call in Jos at a sensitisation forum for security agents and journalists on the dangers of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

"The terrorists have nicknamed the first bomb blast as "come along" so that they will ignite the second one that will kill more people.

"We call on the public to always inform security agents about any suspicious item and avoid trying to remove it.

"The police have bomb defusing experts and the public should invite them to any place that strange objects are deposited or fixed.

"We appeal to the citizens to stop promoting terrorist activities through spreading false rumours’’, he said.

The commissioner urged the media and the general public to support security agents in the fight against terrorism.

"The support should come in form of sharing vital information with the security agents as they cannot do the fighting in a vacuum.

"Members of the public and journalists, as stakeholders in the Nigeria project, should give security agents the support to wipe out terrorists and their activities.

"The citizens should not leave the fight against terrorists to the security agents alone. Members of the public should be very vigilant to report any suspicious movement or objects in their surroundings.

Olakpe called on journalists to stop sensationalising stories as they were capable of instilling fear in the minds of the public and encourage terrorists to continue their activities.

"The terrorists want fear in the minds of the public so as to cripple economic and social activities’’, Olakpe said.

 - NAN

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