PLATEAU FEDERAL LAWMAKERS SEEK NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ASSISTANCE TO REVIEW STF’S OPERATIONS TO STOP KILLINGS
Written by Kaka Saratu Poga on November 14, 2017
Federal lawmakers in Plateau state are seeking the assistance of the National Assembly to prevail on the presidency to overhaul the operations of the Special Task Force so as stop the continued bloodshed in the state.
Correspondent JAMES ABRAHAM reports that the Special Task Force in Plateau state ,which consist mainly of the Army, Air Force and Police personnel among others, was set up by the Federal Government in 2010 to end the crisis that had bedeviled the state in the past years and since then ,the taskforce otherwise known as Operation Safe Haven with its headquarters in Jos has maintained occupation in the state despite previous calls by residents for their disbandment.
The latest killing in the state occurred last Sunday night in Wereng-Kum village of Riyom Local Government Area where two persons returning home were ambushed by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen and gruesomely murdered.
The same Local Government last week also recorded the killing of nine persons by gunmen who opened fire on their vehicle while returning from a market in the locality among other series of violence that had been visited in Plateau rural communities since the past weeks.
Speaking with JAY FM in Jos, lawmaker representing Langtang North /Langtang South in the National Assembly, Beni Lar said the taskforce has lost focus in their mandate to restore peace in the state and has become so ineffective in their operations which explains why the series of killings and attacks have continued unabated under their watch
On the call for anti-open Grazing law in the state, Beni Lar who expressed support over the idea said it will go along way to curb frequent clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state