• Says extremists of violence will be ‘corrected’
• ‘Military has checked killings in Zamfara, Kaduna’
Commander of the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in Plateau State, Maj.-Gen. Augustine Agundu, has assured citizens that security agents are working hard to bring the needed peace to the state.
Agundu, who gave the assurance during a special Sallah launch organised by the Operation, which had in attendance senior officers of the Nigerian Army and journalists from Plateau State, said the Sallah launch was a gesture depicting unity.
According to him: “I want to sincerely appreciate each and every soldier of this command for their enormous sacrifices that they have been offering in the course of discharging your duties most often under difficult circumstances.
“In the midst of all the challenges, we are able to stand tall to ensure that peace and tranquility reign within our areas of operation and collectively the entire theatre of operation.”
The commander, who admonished the OPSH personnel to build on the capacity they have developed, further said: “We must all bear in mind that a lot of persons are undergoing very difficult times because of the activities of some unlawful persons here in the state.
“Our job is to make sure that those who have decided to take the path of violence are corrected. It is not punitive in nature. If we can make them have a change of heart to toe the path of law and order, I think it will be to the betterment of this state and the entire country.”
In another development, Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari yesterday said ongoing military operations in troubled communities in Zamfara and Kaduna states had greatly put in check incessant killings in these areas.
Masari, who spoke during the yearly Sallah Durbar held at the Old Government House, lamented that the perpetrators of such killings often used the expansive Rugu Forest as hideout from where they launch their nefarious operations.
He, however, called on people living in the affected communities to volunteer information on the hideout of hoodlums in the forest.