Military Warns Against Self-Defense in Plateau State

Following an uptick in insecurity in Plateau State, the Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in Plateau, issued a warning to people on Monday, urging them not to take the law into their own hands in the name of self-defense. According to NG Times, the task force’s Media Officer, Major Ishaku Takwa, issued the warning in a statement made in Jos.

Takwa criticized the state’s repeated calls for locals to protect themselves, claiming that such demands would exacerbate the state’s security problems.

We have noted several reports in the media by some highly placed individuals calling on law-abiding citizens of Plateau to resort to defending themselves in the face of the security challenge experienced in the state. 

We wish to assure the good people of the state that OPSH is committed to protecting lives and properties of all. 

“We have improved on our responses to distress calls and several attacks were prevented from happening lately. 

As a result, we ask law-abiding inhabitants of the state to continue to furnish us with such information so that we can protect communities from attacks,” he said. In a related event, Governor Simon Lalong has said that anyone who does not use legal procedures to resolve their issues can expect a showdown with the government, claiming that the administration will never condone homicides or property destruction under any cover.

In a state broadcast on Monday, the governor condemned the comments and utterances of some citizens, including religious, political, and community leaders from within and outside the state, who, rather than calming nerves and working with the government to restore peace quickly, resorted to spewing ethno-religious sentiments that exacerbated tensions.

He thanked Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, the governor of Kebbi State, for leading a delegation of the Progressive Governors Forum to express condolences to the state and make donations to victims, noting that the governor showed exemplary solidarity by refusing to join some state governments’ panic evacuation of students from the University of Jos (UNIJOS).

Governor Lalong also promised parents of UNIJOS students that the state government is working with university officials to ensure their children’s safety once the institution reopens.

“In the same vein, I have assured the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) that the government will partner with them to guarantee the safety of corps members posted to the state.”

According to him, from Monday, the curfew in Jos North will be lifted, but it will be enforced from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. until further notice, while the curfew in Jos South and Bassa will be implemented between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. till further notice.

The ban on Tricycles (Keke NAPEP) and hawkers remains in force within Jos/ Bukuru metropolis. The Plateau Economic and Investment Summit earlier scheduled for September 1 and 2 has been postponed. A new date will be announced and communicated to all our invitees.

“We are facing a very difficult moment and we must work together to overcome. There is an obvious plan by those who desire to see Plateau in perpetual crises to employ all divisive methods to achieve their objectives. We must not allow them to use politics, religion, and ethnicity to divert our attention from their criminal activities

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