There have been accusations that the STF constantly terrorizes community in the state.
The Special Task Force, STF, in charge of security in Plateau State, Tuesday, tried to absolve itself from reports that that it is responsible for some attacks in the state.
The STF commander, Henry Ayoola, during a sensitization tour of insecurity flashpoints in Jos South Local Government Area of the State, said that the force under his leadership has only mitigated the crisis and has never been involved in creating mayhem in the state.
Mr. Ayoola said any member of the STF who fails to carry out his or her duties as stipulated will be punished in accordance with military laws, describing the laws as “stringent”. He said that on assumption of office as the chief executive of the STF, six persons have been dismissed for laxity of duty and not adhering to the rules of engagement.
There have been incessant attacks on communities in Plateau State and the STF has been accused of culpability in those attacks, an allegation the Force has always denied.
The security tour
The tour, which is scheduled to cover the entire Plateau Northern Senatorial Zone, kicked off in Jos South LGA on Tuesday, with a call on members of the public to consider the assignment of the Task Force in Plateau as a collaborative effort of both the force and residents to restore peace in the state.
Speaking at the two venues in Jos South LGA, Du and Gyel, where a larger number of people gathered for the talks, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Buba, attributed the continuous crises to failure of both traditional and religious leaders, as well as security officials in keeping to their responsibilities.
He said religious leaders have failed in their responsibilities to teach their followers what was originally written in their various religious books. Mr. Buba said the religious leaders have delved into worldly affairs.
His counterpart, the Emir of Wase, Mohammed Sambo, said that the crises were not religious. He said some people were using religion to achieve their selfish motive and did not mind destroying lives and property in the process.
Community leaders and religious leaders, as well as other representatives of the people spoke at the fora pledged to preach peace in their areas of responsibilities, as a means of ensuring a permanent solution to incessant killings.
Communities were urged to form a reliable vigilante who would defend their various communities and assist the Task Force to maintain law and order in the state.
Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility
Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.
By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.
TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...