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Operation Ayim Akpatuma: Church charges soldiers to operate by engagement rules

By Charles Akpeji, Jalingo
08 December 2019   |   4:16 am
The leadership of the Christian Reformed Church-Nigeria (CRC-N) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct soldiers presently observing the second phase of the Operation Ayim Akpatuma (Cat Race) in Taraba State

The leadership of the Christian Reformed Church-Nigeria (CRC-N) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct soldiers presently observing the second phase of the Operation Ayim Akpatuma (Cat Race) in Taraba State to operate based on their rules of engagement and not to maltreat innocent citizens.

The Church, in a communiqué jointly signed, yesterday, by its National President, Rev. Caleb O.S Ahima and General Secretary, Rev. Sagarga Nuvalga Gargea, after its 118th General Church Council meeting at the church headquarters in Takum Local Council, said innocent persons “found with ordinary cutlasses “ should not be maltreated by the soldiers because they use these cutlasses for domestic purposes. “

Lauding Federal Government’s efforts at deploying security operatives to the state, they believe the operation would go a long way to address security challenges bedeviling the state, provided the soldiers adhere strictly to its rules of engagement.

The Church also frowned at the Federal Government’s stance on hate speech and death sentence and called for a total rejection of the bill.

On Federal Government’s plans to take control of water resources and commercial activities along rivers, the church said that “would only increase the hardship of the ordinary Nigerians, who depend on water resources for survival.”