Plateau Security: Agencies Warn Against Arms Proliferation

Arms Proliferation In PlateauSecurity operatives have expressed worry over the rising proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Plateau State, north-central Nigeria.

Commander of the Task Force, Major General Rogers Nicholas, made the declaration while parading some crime suspects at the Operation’s Headquarters in Jos, Plateau State capital.

He noted that the proliferation of weapons was a threat to the peace of the state which they have been working hard to restore.

Major General Nicholas disclosed that the 13 suspects were on parade for various offences ranging from unlawful possession of firearms, armed robbery and car snatching as well as buying and selling of hard drugs among others.

He said six members of an armed robbery gang were apprehended in Langtang, southern part of the state while a syndicate that specialises in the business of hard drugs were also arrested by officers of the task force during their routine operations.

However, the special task force in the state, code-named “Operation Safe Haven”, says it has put strategies in place to mop up such weapons.

The Commander expressed delight that the inter-agency collaboration between the Task Force and other security agencies has been yielding positive results in the fight against crime and urged the public to give relevant information.

He advocated for a review of the criminal justice administration which he said has been an impediment in dispensing justice as it concerns various arrests made by the task force.

Plateau State Governor-elect To Consult Retired Generals Over Killings

Plateau Governor-electPlateau State Governor-elect, Mr Simon Lalong, has expressed his readiness to consult retired Military Generals in the state, to fight against insecurity.

This is consequent to the recent feud between Fulani herdsmen and villagers in Barikinladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Mr Lalong spoke in Jos the Plateau State capital, when a delegation of Tarok natives, under the umbrella body of Ngwan Ishi Otarok, led by prominent retired Military Generals from Langtang visited him.

The Governor-elect said he would consult them on how to tackle the spate of clashes, especially between farmers and herdsmen in the state.

Meanwhile, the pains and memories of the attack would take a while to be forgotten in Ropp district of Barkinladi Local Government Area of the state, where at least 20 persons where killed in six villages.

The district Head of Barkin Ladi, Edward Bot, said the village was attacked by the assailants in the early hours of Tuesday, with gunshots which lasted for several hours.

Mr Lalong, however, expressed belief that if previous administrations in the state had taken full advantage of the many retired top security chiefs in the state, it would not have suffered the kind of crisis it had gone through over the past decades.

NEMA Provides Relief Materials For Langtang victims

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has provided relief assistance to persons affected by communal crisis in Langtang south local government area of plateau state, north central Nigeria.

Addressing the displaced persons at the camp in Mabudi, a member representing Langtang north/Langtang south federal constituency at the House of Representatives, Beni Lar, acknowledged that over seven thousand persons are displaced from the villages attacked by unknown gunmen and scattered in three camps across the local government without shelter, clothing and food until National Emergency Management Agency intervened.

Background

The 27th of June 2013 remains a dark moment for residents of three communities of Magama, Bolgang and Karkashi in Langtang south local government area of plateau state where Fulani herdsmen were alleged to have attacked the villages in the early hours while residents were still sleeping.

One of the camps harbouring the internally displaced persons at the local government education authority pilot central school, Mabudi witnessed a collection of the old and the young striving to survive under the harsh conditions.

The National Emergency Management Agency embarked on an assessment tour of the affected areas and provided relief materials ranging from food stuff to toiletries and house hold items for the internally displaced persons seeking refuge at the various camps.

Since the incident, there have been conflicting reports on the number of deaths and the injured, while over seven thousand persons were displaced from their ancestral home.

However, some of the affected members of the communities share their experiences on the incident and the death toll in the aftermath of the attack.

A member representing Langtang north/Langtang south federal constituency at the national assembly believes that a panel by the federal government that will wholistically look into the menace of Fulani herdsmen as a threat to peace and stability in the country will be necessary in solving the problem of such frequent attacks.

As the security agencies redouble their efforts in curtailing the incessant attacks by gunmen across the villages particularly in plateau state, the federal government needs to open up the affected areas by constructing roads and linking roads and bridges which will facilitate accessibility to those areas thereby making rescue mission faster a quicker response to distress calls.