Plateau crisis made worse by reprisals – Military

The commander of the military Special Taskforce on Jos crisis, David Enitie, has called on traditional community leaders in Plateau state to prevail on their subjects to stop reprisal attacks.

Mr. Enitie pointed out that the reprisal attacks were the major cause of hostilities in Plateau State.

“We call on community leaders to talk to their subjects not to adopt the law of an eye for an eye; if so, all of us will go blind,” he said.

The security chief was speaking Friday at the headquarters of the STF while playing host to executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists during a courtesy call in his office.

Speaking on the renewed attacks in Riyom, Wase and some parts of Barkinladi local government area of the state, the commander revealed that the taskforce had contained the killings.

It would be recalled that close to 30 people were killed from six villages in Riyom local government area in the past two weeks, as indicated by the acting chairman of the Berom Youth Movement, BYM, in a press release recently sent to journalists in Jos.

Speaking on general insecurity in the state, Mr. Enetie said cattle rusting and false alarm on attacks was the major challenge the taskforce was dealing with.

Earlier, the state chairman of the NUJ, Yakubu Taddy, in an address commended the STF for the relative peace in the state but requested for better working relationship between the journalists and the taskforce.

“We are sleeping today because you people are out there in the battlefield. Even though most people do not appreciate what you people are doing. Our members are ready to work with the security agents, but you must provide us with adequate and prompt information regarding insecurities,” Mr. Taddy said.

The NUJ chairman also disclosed that the union would soon setup a disciplinary committee on ethics and professionalism that will handle cases of unethical conducts among members.

He cautioned politicians to be careful about what they tell their supporters so as not to ignite another round of crisis in Nigeria during and after the 2015 elections.

The STF boss assured adequate security coverage during the 2015 electioneering.


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  • Enemona

    Crap! Very wrong arguments. Very poor logic. All watery and thoughtless.

    So she doesn’t want to present the funds for appropriation because the house would refuse? Has this writer forgotten that the house was actually asking GEJ to provide more funds for the fight against BH? It’s wrong strategy to publicly present the funds for appropriation? What about the huge amounts that were already appropriated publicly as presented by the same NOI?

    So this writer says under unusual situation, the law or, generally, rules should be thrown out of the window. Does this writer know that, even in such unusual and abnormal situations, rules are specially made to solve problems. Laws are made to cover as much human situations as it can cover; does this writer even know there are rules even in war? So, because US made the wrong calls in their desperate attempt to nab Osama, that should be the standard for the rest of us? First, what are these comparison supposed to achieve? Can we compare the two situations? Does this writer even know that there was a body of enquiry set up to look at the torture cases in the US with their intelligence chief summoned and that he even eventually lost credibility? Can we ask NOI to do the same and present herself for questioning, which is what people have been clamoring for?

    What else does this writer know, given his ability to evade NOI’s thoughts to understand why she illegally approved such huge funds? Why is it the same people of a certain ilk that have stood up to defend her so vigorously? It would help if we all take sentiments out and see all these revelations for what they are and ask the right questions, I haven’t heard anyone defend Dasuki.

  • george bolatiwa

    This reads to me like a hired or overtly blind sympathetic hand to the former Finance Minister, for how can anyone legitimately explain away an action that clearly violates the law. Mrs. Okonjo- Iweala is a citizen of the enlightened world who clearly know what it means by global best practice and the implications of running foul of the law. The writer has conveniently cited example of the Guatanmo Bay, without fully understanding the basis under the law of the USA ( even though controversial) that allow for the creation of that Prison. If we continue to defend the indefensible, corruption will consume our nation. I will strongly advise the former minister to come forward and help us further by admitting to her guilt and blowing the whistle on the perpetrators of this crime. Nigeria needs her now, more than ever before or she can take the course of perverted mind as this writer and lose all credibility and may be even find herself behind bars.

  • Chuks

    This writer is simply insane. What would Ngozi be doing in public service if she does not know how to follow the rules? Too much privileges have been given to this woman and this has made her assume an all knowing attitude especially serving under a timid incompetent president who felt in every respect inferior. Her blind defenders are equally disgusting and lacking common sense.

  • Olu from South Africa

    Redeeming unredeemable. This attempt has failed.

  • gboromiro

    PureBS speak. Infantile

  • sammy

    I think there are vital questions Nigerians supposed to ask, and one them is this: If Dasuki had used the funds for arms purchase in accordance to his request, would Ngozi Okonjo be blamed and alleged to have breached any law? If Dasuki did not share the money the way he did, will anyone point accusing finger on Okonjo Iweala? I believe the corruption content of this saga lies in the diversion of the money approved for arms to other things, which Ngozi Okonjo has not been directed indicted to have masterminded.