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Miango residents return amid military presence

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With relative peace in Jebbu Miango of Bassa Local Council of Plateau State, after the Miango/Fulani clash on Monday, the survivors were seen returning to their homes with their beddings yesterday.

Their return may not be unconnected with the presence of the troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in the area. Journalists, who accompanied the Commander of OPSH/General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, to the area, observed the return of some residents.

The commander was there to provide them with relief materials and to assure those that they were safe because of the heavy presence of security personnel.

OPSH, which is maintaining peace in Plateau and parts of Kaduna and Bauchi states, had promised to be professional and fair in the discharge of its constitutional duties of safeguarding life and property.

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Ali stated this, yesterday, when he visited the Brra Nggwe Rigwe, Rev. Ronku Aka, who is the paramount ruler of Irigwe nation.

On his reported reluctance to respond to the recent killings and wanton destruction of property in Miango, Ali described the allegation as false, futile, malicious and attempt to discredit the efforts of troops in achieving lasting peace in the state.

The commander reiterated his commitment towards securing life and property within his areas of coverage, devoid of ethnic or religious affiliation.

His words: “There are reports making the rounds that our troops told residents that they had instruction not to repel invaders during attacks in some communities in Bassa. This allegation is not only false and baseless, but malicious and futile attempt to, once again, malign the good works the troops of OPSH have been doing to restore normalcy to troubled areas in line with its operational mandate.”

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“I did not and will never give such instruction; it didn’t come from me, because every soldier has the constitutional responsibility to protect life and property of all Plateau citizens.” 

He further explained that every soldier of the task force was deployed to a location with a clear-cut instruction of ensuring a peaceful society, which is the sole mandate of OPSH.

Responding, the monarch thanked the commander for the visit and urged him to intensify efforts to restore lasting peace in the area.

Items donated by the commander to the residents displaced by the recent unrest in the area include bags of rice, salt, seasoning cubes, noodles, sleeping mats, blankets, soaps, among others.

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