By Kingsley Chukwuka, Jos
Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), the military task force mandated to restore peace in Plateau and some parts of Southern Kaduna, on Wednesday deployed 23 doctors to Nandu-Gbok village in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna state, to care for the displaced locals who suffered wanton killings as a result of a face-off with suspected Fulani bandits.
The doctors as at press time recorded a treatment of over 1,200 people suffering from different medical conditions, our correspondent reports.
Speaking to newsmen, the Commander OPSH, Major General Augustine Agundu, said the medical outreach became imperative, as his Command seeks a non-kinetic approach in resolving disputes.
“My doctors told me that they have so far treated 1,200 people and as you can see, more people are on queue. I appreciate our collaborators; the 23 medical doctors, the 10 nurses, the lab technicians and pharmacists”, he said.
Recall that on Monday, Nandu-Gbok community in Southern Kaduna recorded death of about 10 persons, with no fewer than 30 houses burnt, a sad tale that fingered Fulani herdsmen as perpetrators.
However the OPSH boss said that troops were immediately deployed to the area when the crisis broke out, adding that more troops have been reinforced to the area to prevent a reoccurrence.
Agundu told reporters that military/civil relationship adopted as a strategy to win the hearts and minds of the affected communities is aimed at boosting and sustaining peaceful coexistence among the people.
The gesture which also includes feeding and distribution of cloths, brought hope to the locals whom one after the other narrated how they were able to escape from the bandits.
Gen. Agundu explained however, that the task force has held many stakeholders’ meetings with the affected communities to forestall future conflicts.
“Do not forget that the planting season is by the corner and if we don’t encourage the people to remain in the community, they might not farm this year”, he said.