The Commander of Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division Nigerian Army, Major General AE Abubakar, issued a warning to Plateau residents against harbouring criminals causing unrest in the state.
The Commander made this known during his keynote address on October 17, 2023, marking the inauguration of additional members to a peace implementation committee.
This follows the success of a 26-man committee assembled in February 2022 to help restore peace through dialogue and community involvement in certain local government areas (LGAs).
While confirming the effectiveness of non-forceful methods used by OPSH to resolve conflicts, he asserted the necessity to combat criminal activity.
General Abubakar emphasized the importance of maintaining integrity and unbiased judgment in the committee members’ duties. He noted that the new members were carefully assembled to represent various interest groups, underlining the collective effort required to maintain peace.
He reinforced the critical nature of their mission to protect future generations from repeated conflicts.
Deputy Commissioner of Police T Iyua, the Deputy Commander of Operation SAFE HAVEN, expressed optimism that the expanded committee will build on the successes of the existing one, and adequately address the root causes of crises in multiple LGAs including Barikin Ladi, Bassa, Bokkos, Jos North and South, Mangu and Riyom.
Architect Samuel Jatau, Secretary to the Plateau State Government and Special Guest of Honor, lauded the General’s commitment to peace, insisting that the Plateau State Government is fully invested in securing the lives and property of its people.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers and local government chairmen at the event, the Miskhagam Mwaghavul, His Royal Highness Da John Hirse and Chairman Mangu LGA Transition Implementation Committee, Honorable Markus Artu, pledged their commitment to work with relevant authorities to safeguard the communities.
They vowed to support the initiative and give maximum support to the committee in order to deliver on its mandate.
In his concluding remarks, the Head of the 55-man Peace Implementation Committee, Justice Daniel Longji (Retired), pledged the committee’s dedication to the task at hand, stressing that greater success is achievable through expanded efforts.
Several dignitaries attended the event, including eminent traditional rulers and local government chairmen. Highlights included the swearing-in ceremony of the new committee members, presentation of appointment letters and group photographs.