21 March, 2013
THE Defence Headquarters, Abuja, has
said it would withdraw the Special Task Force (STF) from the streets of Jos and environs when it is certain that peace has fully returned to Plateau State.
Civil-Military Relations personnel of the
Defence Headquarters were in Jos and
paid a courtesy visit to Governor Jonah
David Jang, where the leader of the
delegation, Commodore Yusuf Hinna,
appealed to the citizens to give the STF maximum support to achieve the desired peace in the state. He added that the troops were even desirous of withdrawing their services from the state.
Represented by his deputy, Ambassador Ignatius Longjang,Hinna said they were in the state to commend the STF and encourage them to do more in the maintenance of peace in the state. He appealed to the state government to
liaise with leaders at the grassroots to
set up crisis management cells with the
belief that such micro-cells would handle crisis situations effectively.
Jang had earlier called on the Chief of
Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Saad
Ibrahim, to caution the STF operating in
the state to go by the rules of engagement, noting that though the
peace being enjoyed in the state had been punctured for quite some time,there had been some allegations about
the operations of the STF of complicity
in some of the attacks. The governor said the relationship between the peacekeepers and their host communities has not been cordial,hence the confidence of the people must be restored, pointing out that the insecurity in the state was man-made.Alleging that some people were making
a lot of money from it, he appealed to
the leader of the delegation to address
his men on certain misgivings in the