Jos Killings: Army warns Plateau residents against self-defence, reprisal

Nigerian Military Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) has warned residents in Plateau state against taking the law into their hands in the guise of self-defence.

The warning was issued in reaction to the call by some religious and political leaders for citizens to take up arms and defend themselves against in light of the increasing attacks and counterattacks in the state.

A statement released by OPSH media officer, Ishaku Takwa, in Jos on Monday, faulted the consistent call on residents of the state to defend themselves, saying such calls would escalate the security challenges bedevilling the state.

The statement reads; “We have noted several reports in the media by some highly placed individuals calling on law-abiding citizens of 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 citizens of the state not to take laws into their hands but to continue to provide us with such information to enable us to protect communities from attacks.”