Security has been beefed up in Jos and environs as the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) began in the city on Monday.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that stern-looking security personnel have been strategically stationed to provide security in and around the Rwang Pam stadium, venue of the opening ceremony.
The Spokesman of the Police Command in the state, ASP Gabriel Ubah, told NAN that 916 personnel from different divisions under the command had been deployed for the festival.
Ubah said the deployment was to prevent any breakdown of law and order.
“The personnel has been briefed adequately to carry out their duties professionally,” he said.
NAN reports that special forces of the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) known as the Bikers have also been stationed to provide security at the entrance of the venue.
The OPSH is the outfit in charge of security in Plateau and Southern Kaduna.
Mr Daniel Manjang, Chairman, Publicity Committee for the festival, told NAN that security agencies had been mobilised to ensure that the event took place under a peaceful atmosphere.