Plateau Unrest: Nigerian Army replies CAN over demands for GOC’s removal

The Nigerian Army, headquarters 3, Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) Jos, has allayed fears of residents over worsening security situation in the State.

Recall that the TEKAN/ECWA Bloc Leader, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Plateau State, Very Rev Moses Ebuga, on Monday, addressed a press conference in Jos.

He said at the media briefing that his bloc had lost 85 members, 3,141 houses burnt, 5,901 displaced, and called for the removal of the General Officer Commanding 3rd Division of the Nigerian Army, who is also the Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Major General Ibrahim Ali, for allegedly taking side with the attackers.

However, in a statement on Monday evening, by Eli Lazarus, Major, Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, he assured that, “the Operation is determined to protect law abiding citizens of all faiths, ethnic backgrounds on the Plateau and ensure peaceful co-existence.”

He said, “We are not unmindful of the determination of some merchants of crisis to perpetuate unrest in Jos metropolis and its environs. They are also bent on ensuring that the GOC and Commander OPSH does not continue with his mandate of ensuring sustainable peace in the state.”

According to the statement, the call for the removal of the GOC did not come to us as a surprise as the campaign of calumny against the person of the GOC started shortly after his assumption of command.

He said, “while acknowledging some setbacks recorded initially, those challenges have been surmounted by more deployments, robust mobile patrols and increased presence of security personnel.

“We have also increased our engagements with critical stakeholders and citizens to build confidence and keep the channels of communication open.

“It is a fact that we have increasingly responded swiftly to distress calls to curtail crime and criminality in the state.”

According to the statement, “Plateau State is one of the 5 states under the 3 Division area of responsibility and they have been well managed. Moreso, military officers are deployed for appointments based on their competence, training, experience and capabilities.

“The GOC is under oath to discharge his duties professionally and not to please individuals for their personal gains.”