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At Christmas: Special Military Taskforce extends free medical outreach to Plateau communities

The Special Military Taskforce responsible for restoration of peace and security in the Plateau and surrounding communities in Kaduna and Bauchi states, North Central Nigeria, otherwise known as Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) at the weekend continued its free medical outreach programme by extending it to two communities in Plateau state, as a move to reward their corporation for peaceful coexistence.

Commander of the STF, Major General Agustine disclosing that the benefitting communities of Langtang and Wase Local Government Areas of the State, have enjoyed synergy with the OPSH, especially in the area of providing vital information to the taskforce that has led to the arrest of many miscreants, hoodlums, and insurgents.

Represented by the Chief of Staff of the OPSH, Brigadier General Muhammed Bello, the Taskforce Commander said the effort is an initiative of the Defence Headquarters, adding that more communities will enjoy same gesture before the end of 2019.

Agundu assured, “This gesture will be replicated in Southern Kaduna and Riyom Local Government Area before the end of the year”.

While collaborating with a civil society group known as Civil Military Relief Initiative (CMRI), the taskforce gave out drugs for malaria, typhoid, and conducted free eye test, etc.

Also, relief materials such as food, toiletries and other assorted items, were donated to the communities, and bedding materials were distributed to beneficiaries..

Continuing Agundu said, “We are also deploying a non-kinetic approach aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the people, an initiative that has yielded result as we can now enjoy relative peace in the State.

“Through this strategy, We have used deployment of kinetic means in dealing with the situation and have flushed out hoodlums, insurgents, and have ruthlessly dealt with them”.

While commending the kind gesture of the STF, a youth leader in one of the communities, Victor Nden, lauded the efforts of the taskforce for reaching out to their locality.

Nden said the people of his community has long yearned for medical attention, calling on government to compliment the effort of the OPSH by providing medical facilities to reach the grassroots, he said.

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