The once peaceful city of Jos in recent times has been overwhelmed by several challenges of insecurity, from the communal crises of the recent past, to the recent attacks by unknown gunmen in some communities among others. The new form of insecurity involves dangerous attacks on unsuspecting lone females as they go about their daily activities, ACHOR ABIMAJE, writes.
Insecurity remains one of the saddest realities that residents of Jos, the capital city of Plateau, have to contend with as every day victims are attacked as they go about their daily activities. LEADERSHIP Friday reports that the attack comes mostly upon lone ladies going about their daily activities, as was the story of Ms Adaobe Ugha, who narrowly escaped death by inches from an unknown attacker. A graduate of Biology Education, from the University of Jos, Miss Adaobe Ugha, narrowly escaped death when an assailant drove a long knife into her thigh during an early morning jogging exercise to keep fit behind the VIO office in Jos, the Plateau State capital, yesterday. Narrating her ordeal to our correspondent while on admission at the ECWA Evangel Hospital, Jos, the 25-year-old recalled that after morning devotion, she left their house for jogging at about 6.30am. While jogging, she was confronted by a hoodlum who demanded for her mobile phone. In her words, “I threw the small bag I was holding, thinking the assailant would go for the bag but he chose to ignore the bag and started pursing me.” She said in the process of running for her dear life, she fell on the ground and then the assailant, who was chasing her, pierced her with a knife so long, that it came out of the other side of her thigh. She further narrated that the knife was directed towards her stomach but because she was struggling with the assailant, he drove the long knife into her thigh, adding that she lost several pints of blood before a passerby, who is also a neighbor, came to her rescue and thereafter she was taken to Plateau Specialist Hospital, unconscious.
According to her, she was referred to ECWA Evangel Hospital where the doctor confirmed she had lost so much blood, adding that the remaining blood in her body was only 20 per cent. Adaobe added that as she was speaking, she had already received four pints of blood. She added that if not for God’s intervention, the assailant would have thrusted the long knife in her stomach and she wouldn’t have been alive to tell the story. Similarly, a cleaner working in the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Plateau State council, who did not want her name in print, was on her way to the secretariat along Hill Station junction to clean up the offices and environment before the officials resumed work when she was attacked and her purse containing N6000 and mobile phone, was snatched by a suspect who pretended to be jogging along the road to keep fit. According to her, she was going to work early in the morning when she saw a huge man, with tracksuit, exercising and running to keep fit, pass her with speed as she kept going. Later, she saw the same man again running back but she did not know he had a bad intention.
She said this time around, on getting to her, the assailant grabbed her, using his large hand to close her mouth, apparently to prevent her from shouting for help, held her head to his chest firmly and snatched her purse containing her mobile phone and N6000, flinging her to the ground and within the twinkle of an eye, he disappeared, living her gasping for breath. Efforts to contact the public relations officer of the Plateau State Police Command, DSP Mathias Tyopev, to comment on this new trick of snatching phone and money from members of the public, could not yield any result as his mobile phone was switched off as at the time of filing this report
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