The directive from the presidency ordering an end the recurring violence and destruction in the southern part of Kaduna state, has prompted the Special Task Force (STF), Commander in Plateau State, Major General Rogers Ibe Nicholas, in the region to take immediate action to forestall the escalation of the crisis to Plateau state.
Accessing the situation on Saturday, Gen. Nicholas said that his Command will deploy a total of 400 solders to join the forces in Kaduna to strengthen the combatant officers and men already on ground.
According to him, “we have crossed over from Plateau to support and synergise with the forces in Southern Kaduna aimed at establishing equitable power relationship, robust enough to forestall future conflict; by this it means more troops will be deployed to this general area.
“We are also going to dialogue with the various affected communities, to come up with strategies on how they can react to issues especially when the see suspects that are not within their community, they can raise alarm by calling the Sector Commander to enable us reach out to them as quickly as possible.
“The essence is to enable us reduce response time to crime, because one of our major challenge is that, information do not get to us on time; but if there is proper communication liaison between us and the local community, it will be easier to respond to information on threat”, he said.
The army boos said it is also imperative to synergise with the locals, in other to generate local intelligence on what is happening within the communities and turn the information generated as what can be used as Military operations.
However, the affected communities of paramount interest, are the communities that shares common
boundaries with Plateau, which also, were most hit by the hitherto crisis.
These communities are under Jema’a Local Government Area, near Jos and are Godo-Godo, Goska, Dangoma, Gidan-waya and Bakin-Kogi, which primarily are under the watch of STF Sector 4, Operation Yaki, in Kaduna State, but has since on Saturday enjoyed the building block of the Plateau STF tagged ‘Confidence Building Patrol’, aimed at assisting its neigbour in bringing back peace to the affected area.
Responding, the Chief of Bakin-Kogi of Tumnikyob, HRH Tanko Tete, assured the commander that his people will leverage on the visit to pursue peace and will also do well to report any security threat to the appropriate authority.
He appealed that the STF should provide security to his people while going to the farm, adding that the visit will boost the confidence of those who flee the community to return home.