By G9ija

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, has warned leaders in Jos North LGA to take control of their areas as the government will no longer tolerate any act of criminality.

The governor gave the warning Monday night when he held a meeting at Government House Rayfield, Jos, with stakeholders from the area as part of efforts to sustain peace.

The warning came hours after relaxing the 24-hour curfew imposed on Jos North Local Government Area, in the wake of the killing of 37 persons in the Yelwa Zangam community of Jos North.

Lalong said the recent attacks in the local government were very disturbing and had brought back sour memories that had been almost forgotten.

“Take control of your areas as the government will not allow the breakdown of law and order under any guise as this administration has done a lot to improve security in the state in the last six years through various avenues including the peacebuilding agency,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), a multi security task force maintaining peace in Plateau and some parts of Bauchi and Kaduna states, has dismissed the fear that militia group was gathering in Dutse Kura.

The Information Officer, Major Ishaku Takwa, who spoke to journalists after the combing of the area, also said no weapon was found.

He said, “The troops arrived in Dutsen Kura, engaged with the community leaders, scanned the general area, and confirmed that no criminals/militia was harbouring or stockpiling weapons in the community.

“Notwithstanding the confirmation, Operation Safe Haven has intensified surveillance and intelligence gathering effort to mitigate the activities of criminals/militia in Plateau state.”

Takwa urged citizens to continue to give credible and timely information to support their operations, assuring them that OPSH would not abandon them and would continue to make sacrifices to protect lives and property in the state.