Plateau crisis: Gen. Lagbaja orders troops to be more aggressive


By Emmanuel Obisue

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has ordered troops of the 3 Division Nigerian Army and the Joint Task Force Operation Safe Haven to adopt more aggressive posture and decisively stamp out terrorists causing mayhem in Plateau and contiguous states.

Gen Lagbaja handed down the order today Saturday while addressing troops during an operational tour to Plateau, following a recent disruption of peace in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.

“Go hard on those disturbing the peace of the Plateau and neutralize any terrorist annihilating people and burning or destroying property and other economic valuables,” a statement issued on Saturday by Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations stated

The COAS, who had earlier been briefed on the security situation by the General Officer Commanding 3 Division and Commander Operation Safe Haven, Major General Abdusalam Abubakar, acknowledged that the security dynamics on the Plateau are complex due to its political background, interwoven with cultural and economic sentiments.

These he added, account for the prolonged duration of the conflicts and the escalation in its lethality.

“Our Operations and activities must be in compliance with the rules of engagement and devoid of sentiments”, he emphasized.

Gen Lagbaja also paid a courtesy call on the Plateau State Governor Caleb Mutfwang, where he expressed appreciation to the Government and good people of Plateau State for their effort in ensuring that peace reigns on the Plateau.

Responding, Mutfwang disclosed that he had never doubted the capability of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in delivering on their constitutional mandate.

He clarified that the civil populace has a role to play in enhancing security on the Plateau. “As a government, we know that we have a responsibility to motivate them. The recent breach was totally avoidable and people must work harmoniously to regain peace and harmony,” Governor Mutfwang asserted.