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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