The General Officer Commanding 3 division, Nigerian Army, Jos, Major General IS Ali has called on the Christian Association of Nigeria, ‘Tekan/ECWA bloc’ to encourage her members to cooperate with the security agencies as they strive to restore peace and security in the state and not to resort to self help by taking the laws into their hands.
A statement by Major Eli Lazarus, Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations said the call became necessary following false allegation that Maj Gen Ali has not lived up to expectation in managing the dual responsibility of GOC and Commander Operation Safe Haven.
The 3 div spokesman noted that though some setbacks were recorded as a result of the crisis in Plateau state, the challenges have been surmounted by more deployments of troops’ and robust mobile patrols for increased presence
The statement reads, “The Headquarters 3 Division Nigerian Army and Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) notes the press briefing held by Tekan/ECWA Bloc of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Plateau State Chapter on the rising insecurity in the State delivered on 23 August 2021 at the ECWA Jos DCC Headquarters Jos North Plateau state and the issues raised therein.
“The commander appreciates some of the concerns of the Christian bloc and appeals for calm as the Operation is working round the clock with the Government and critical stakeholders to maintain peace in the state.
“The Operation is determined to protect law abiding citizens of all faiths, ethnic backgrounds on the plateau and ensure peaceful co-existence.
“We are not unmindful of the determination of some merchants of crisis to perpetuate unrest in Jos metropolis and its environs.
“They are also bent on ensuring that the GOC and Commander OPSH does not continue with his mandate of ensuring sustainable peace in the state.
“The call for the removal of the GOC did not come to us as a surprise as the campaign of calumny against the person of the GOC started shortly after his assumption of command.
“Those series of attacks were indeed precursors to this latest call for his removal.
“While acknowledging some setbacks recorded initially, those challenges have been surmounted by more deployments, robust mobile patrols and increased presence of security personnel.
“We have also increased our engagements with critical stakeholders and citizens to build confidence and keep the channels of communication open.
“It is a fact that we have increasingly responded swiftly to distress calls to curtail crime and criminality in the state.
“To allege that Maj Gen IS Ali has not lived to expectation in managing the dual responsibility of GOC and Commander Operation Safe Haven is false.
“Suffice to say that Plateau State is one of the 5 states under the 3 Division area of responsibility and they have been well managed.
“Moreso, military officers are deployed for appointments based on their competence, training, experience and capabilities.
“Additionally, the GOC is under oath to discharge his duties professionally and not to please individuals for their personal gains.
“The erroneous mention of the GOC’s initials as MS Ali is also indicative of the fact that the group does not even know the person of the GOC and Commander Operation Safe Haven.
“At this point we urge the Tekan/ECWA bloc of CAN to encourage her members to cooperate with the security agencies as they strive to restore peace and security in the state and not to resort to self help by taking the laws into their hands.
“The public is once again assured that security agencies would continue to carry out its assigned duties professionally devoid of tribal, ethnic, socio-political and religious sentiments by ensuring peace and tranquility in its area of responsibility.”