The Coalition of Plateau Peace and Security Advocates (COPPASA) has urged Nigerians to support the special security arrangements to tackle banditry, kidnapping and other forms of insecurity to ensure quick and lasting resolution of the challenges.
This is as the organisation commended the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, on the new operational directive he gave to troops, Operation Accord 2, to ensure that criminal elements were denied freedom of action in Nigeria.
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This is contained in a communique of the organisation’s peace and security meeting and jointly signed by the National Coordinator, Dr. Bitrus Pwajok, and Secretary, Barrister Moses Deshi.
According to them, the unprecedented achievements of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) would not have been possible without the operational and professional capability of the Commander, whose leadership drive has continued to spur troops to victory in their engagements.
They, therefore, urged Plateau indigenes and residents to sustain their support for the efforts of the military task force, to continue to rein-in criminal elements terrorising the state.
They also commended Governor of Plateau State, Rt.Hon. Simon Lalong, for his constant resolve to ensure peace and security, as seen in his logistics and other support to the military and other security agencies.
“We as COPPASA wish to commend the special military task force, OPSH, for its relentless onslaught against criminal elements in the state. This, no doubt, has enthroned the culture of peace and security in Plateau State. The people of the state are greatly enjoying from this now.
“Only recently, troops of OPSH rescued one Zawaria Mohammed from her abductor, who was kidnapped at a designated point for collection of N2m ransom demanded from the victim’s husband.
“We also commend OPSH over the arrest of armed robbery suspects within the Rayfield general area of Jos, the Plateau State capital, and Dong village, with recovery of arms and ammunition by the gallant troops,” they said.
They, however, urged the state government to do more for the taskforce, saying all hands must be on deck, to restore peace to the state.