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Plateau unrest: Restrain youths, preach peace in communities – Coalition to stakeholders

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The Coalition of Plateau State Advocates (COPSA), has urged stakeholders within the state to evangelise the gospel of peace of their respective communities and encourage the youths to eschew violent tendencies and hate.

The advocates additionally requested residents and teams to help the safety forces somewhat than name for the sack of troops and their leaders.

Recall that at the very least 22 folks have been killed and 14 others injured throughout an assault on commuters alongside the Rukuba Street in Jos North Native Authorities Space (LGA), on August 14, 2021.

Whereas the State Authorities and safety operatives have been nonetheless unravelling the incident, gunmen invaded Yelwan Zangam Neighborhood in Jos North Native Authorities, killing over thirty folks and razing homes.

The group mentioned it’s, nonetheless, compelled to intervene at the moment following the clamour for the removing of the Common Officer Commanding, Main Common IS Ali, who additionally doubles because the Commander, Operation Protected Haven (OPSH, a name the group described as pointless, contemplating the untiring efforts he had made to include insecurity on the Plateau.

An announcement signed by the COPSA Nationwide Coordinator, Rev Elisha Gyang, and Nationwide Secretary, Dr. Stephen Gya, requested stakeholders to just accept accountability for what is occurring in Plateau State somewhat than use the GOC as a scapegoat.

Sustaining that efforts have to be intensified to determine and prosecute those that foment bother, the group warned in opposition to profiling of tribal nationalities, insisting that criminals exist in all territories.

“Our hearts go to the Authorities of Plateau State, members of the family, and associates of victims of the current assaults on some communities.

“That mentioned, we wish to condemn within the strongest phrases calls by some folks for the redeployment of the gallant and hard-working GOC 3 Division, who can be the top of the navy job power, Operation Protected Haven.

“We’re significantly miffed {that a} revered physique just like the Coalition of Plateau Ethnic Youths Nationalities, will enable itself be used on this ungodly marketing campaign in opposition to a detribalised senior officer such because the OPSH commander.

“The unlucky Miango killing by some felony herdsmen is regrettable and needs to be condemned by all those that search peace on the Plateau.

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