Military warns Plateau residents against self-defense

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Following increasing insecurity in Plateau, the Special Task Force, Safe Haven (OPSH) on Monday warned residents against taking the law into their hands in the guise self-defence.

Maj. Ishaku Takwa, the Media Officer the task force gave the warning in a statement issued in Jos.

Takwa faulted the consistent call on residents the state to defend themselves, saying such calls would escalate the bedevilling the state.

“We have noted several reports in the media by some highly placed individuals calling on law-abiding Plateau to resort to defending themselves in the face of the security challenge experienced in the state.

“We wish to assure the good people of the state that OPSH is committed to protecting lives and property of all.

“We have improved on our responses to distress calls and several attacks were prevented from happening lately.

“These successes were possible due to the trust and provision of timely and credible information from the good people of the state.

“We, therefore, urge law-abiding of the state take laws into their hands but to continue to provide us with such information to enable us to protect communities from attacks,’’ he stated.

The media officer also urged of the state to continue to give support to security agencies toward restoring lasting peace and security in the state.

Takwa also advised the people to shun violence, hatred and tolerate one another for peace to reign.