Killings In Plateau: Special Forces Deployed, PDP Reacts

IGP Ibrahim Idris has ordered the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations to relocate to Plateau State where gunmen killed scores at the weekend.

He also deployed two helicopters, five Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and personnel of various units to the affected communities.

Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, ordered the deployment of Special Forces while Combat Helicopters from the Nigerian Air Force headed for the state to restore peace and orderliness.

A statement signed by the Director of Defence Information, Brig Gen John Agim said: “The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin has authorized the deployment of additional Special Forces to Plateau State to beef up the strength of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).

“The additional troops which arrived Jos, capital of Plateau State on Monday were received and briefed by the Commander OPSH, Major General AM Atolagbe on their new assignment.

The NAF Spokesperson AVM Olatokunbo Adesanya said : “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has today, 25 June 2018, deployed an Mi-35P combat helicopter and an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to Plateau State in support of efforts aimed at quelling the crisis that recently erupted in the State and restoring normalcy.”

Force Spokesman Jimoh Moshood, in a statement said:

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has promptly deployed since on 24th June, 2018 the Police Special Intervention Force to Plateau State to Restore Lasting Peace in Barkin-Ladi, Riyom, Jos South LGA and other flash points in the state.

“The intervention is to put an end to the crisis. The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations is being relocated on the directive of the IGP to Jos, Plateau State to coordinate and supervise the operations on the ground.”

Opposition Slams Presidency
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has decried the gruesome killing in Plateau State .

The PDP said if President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) had heeded wise counsel by the PDP and Nigerians, such killings would have been averted.

In a statement on Monday by its spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said: “It is most disheartening that compatriots are being killed daily because those saddled with the responsibility of safeguarding lives, care less about the wellbeing and safety of the people, as they focus only on their ill-fated 2019 re-election bid.

“Even when the Zamfara State governor, Abdul-aziz Yari cried out that he was overwhelmed by the spate of insecurity and killings, the Federal Government gave him an ineffectual response laced with their trite blame game.

“We urge Nigerians to note that since the escalation of killings and bloodletting in various parts of the country, particularly in Plateau, Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Adamawa, Yobe, Borno, Zamfara, Kaduna and other states, no concrete steps have been taken by the APC administration to strengthen and fortify the security architecture in the troubled areas.”