The Special Task Force (STF), keeping the peace on the Plateau, on Thursday said that it was at war with a militia group and not civilians.
“We are at war with a militia group that killed of six of our men a week ago; we have no quarrel with any civilian populace,’’ STF Spokesman, Capt. Iweha Ikedichi, said in Wase.
Ikedichi told newsmen in a telephone interview that the militia group killed six soldiers at Kurmi, a border town between Taraba and Plateau while three are missing.
According to him, the STF and fighters from the 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Rukuba, are engaged in the fight with the armed group.
“It is not true that we are fighting civilians or had gone to Wase to sack any community; the fight is between our men and the militia group. “Wadata and Kadarko communities in Wase were only asked to vacate for security purpose and that does not translate to sacking the communities as is being insinuated,’’ he said.
“for some time now, there have been series of attacks at Kurmi settlement where innocent civilians, particularly women and children, were killed’’. He said.
He also said that the attack on the 5th of May affected nine soldiers and forced the STF to engage the militia group in a fierce fight.
“As we speak, our men are in a serious fight with the militia group at Kurmi and that is being handled professionally and in accordance with military ethics.
“Some of our men have been stationed to watch over civilians within these communities so that they are not hurt in anyway,’’