Plateau killings: Military assures residents of safety

The joint security task force code named “Operation Safe Haven” (OPSH) saddle with maintaining peace in Bauchi, Plateau and part of Kaduna state, has assured residents of Plateau state of safety.
The assurance came following last weekend’s killing of over 100 people in parts of the state.
The OPSH Public Relations Officer, Maj. Adam Umar told journalists during a military show exrcise around Jos and Bukuru metropolis, said the show of force was aimed to boot the peoples’ confidence in the security agencies as well as enhance their safety.
He advised the people to desist from peddling rumours of further violent protests, saying that they have been reinforced in terms of material and personnel, and that they are capable of tackling any ugly situation that might arise.
He said: “The exercise is a joint show of force by the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in conjunction with other security agencies and the essence is to display our strength and to boost public confidence and to assure them that they are safe.
“The rumour in town that there would be violent protest by the Muslim community should be treated as a rumour. But anyone desirous of finding out the true state of things should call the authorities to hear their side and understand the situation rather than joining in spreading the rumours as well.
“We have not heard that information, and besides we have enough security apparatus to tackle such situation should it occur.
“We recently received material and personnel support from the defence headquarters in Abuja. We received some special operation force unit, which has broad and good training on security management and challenges, and we have already deployed them to the field. In the same vein, the Nigerian Air force has deployed some helicopters to assist us in carrying out air surveillance.
“It is also good to know that the Inspector General of Police has deployed special operation personnel to augment our forces. So with all these, I believe that the peace we desire and have been enjoying will surely return to the state.”
Umar said Jos and its environ town was secured and the people were going about their businesses “without fear of intimidation or any kind of fright.”
He noted that they are not responsible for the declaration of curfew in some parts of the state, explaining that theirs is to enforce it, but that with the way things are going and the people’s cooperation, the curfew could be reviewed shortly.

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