19th December, 2011
The Police in Plateau State have debunked the alleged plans by some unidentified groups to bomb some public places in Jos and its environs during the Christmas and New Year festivities.
The stateâ€™s Commissioner of Police, Mr Emmanuel Ayeni, told newsmen in Jos on Sunday that the rumour to that effect was baseless and unsubstantiated.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a text being circulated within Jos metropolis had listed some worship centres and government buildings as targets of bomb explosions during Christmas.
The rumour has put fears into the minds of some residents, many of whom are already travelling outside the state for fear of possible explosions during the festivities.
â€œSome people indulge in the act of spreading rumours on security issue in the state. This trend can create panic and unnecessary tension among members of the public.
â€œThe police are urging members of the public to refrain from rumour mongering and always confirm issues from the appropriate authority before spreading them,â€ Ayeni said.