JUST IN; Chief of Army Staff lands in Plateau, tells Soldiers what to do to end gunmen attacks
The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has ordered troops of the 3 Division, Nigerian Army, and the Joint Task Force Operation Safe Haven, to adopt a more aggressive posture to stamp out terrorists causing mayhem in Plateau and contiguous states.
Major General Onyema Nwachukwu,
Director Army Public Relations, in a statement said the COAS gave the order while addressing troops during an operational tour in Plateau State.
The tour followed a recent disruption of peace in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.
“Go hard on those disturbing the peace of the Plateau and neutralize any terrorist annihilating people and burning or destroying property and other economic valuables,” the COAS said.
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The COAS, who had earlier been briefed on the security situation by the General Officer Commanding, 3 Division, and Commander Operation Safe Haven, Major General Abdusalam Abubakar, acknowledged that the security dynamics on the Plateau are complex due to its political background, interwoven with cultural and economic sentiments.
According to the statement, the said complicated issues added to the prolonged duration of the conflicts and the escalation in its lethality.
Lagbaja also inspected the arms and ammunition recovered by the troops and commended them for not allowing the crisis to escalate to other parts of the state.
He assured that he is confident that the troops will be more resilient and leave no stone unturned in ensuring that peace and tranquility is restored on the Plateau and other troubled parts of the country.
Lagbaja equally charged the troops to live up to the expectations of all peace loving and law abiding residents of the Plateau.