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Plateau govt designates 7 courts to try 307 suspected looters

Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, Prof. Danladi Atu, said 7 courts have been designated for the prosecution of 307 persons suspected of looting public and private properties in the State.

A statement signed on Monday by Dr. Makut Macham, Director of Press for Governor Simon Lalong, in Jos, said, though calmness has been restored, curfew still remains imposed.

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He said: “So far, 7 courts have been designated for the prosecution of the 307 suspects so far arrested at various locations where the looting took place.

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“The resolution was reached at the State Security Council meeting, where a security situation was reviewed.

“The Council agreed to further fortify all check-points in Jos South and Jos North Local Government Areas to give effect to the curfew imposed in order to restore peace that will determine the next line of action.”

Mr Atu assured that security agencies had been mandated to embark on a massive manhunt for the arrest of looters to ensure materials are recovered while the culprits are prosecuted.

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According to him, the hoodlums looted and vandalized, SEMA Warehouse (Old Nitel Bukuru), PRUWASSA, PADP (Dogon Dutse Jos), Mineral Museum (Angul D, Bukuru) and ASTC Vom.

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Other places include Plateau Publishing Company, SUBEB (Dogon Dutse), Government Technical College Bukuru, Ryom Local Government Secretariat, School of Home Economics Vom, and Jos foods.

Others are, Jos Trade Fair (Polo), Private Residence of former Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Grand Cereals Bukuru, State and Federal Secretariats and Private residences of some individuals.

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