By Peter Amine
Special Task Force (STF), in charge of security in Plateau, is determined to restore peace to the crisis-ridden north-central state and is ready to tackle every hindrance, Maj-Gen. Augustine Agundu, its Commander, has said.
“The STF is determined to remove all encumbrances to peace in the state. We are focused on restoring stability and shall remove every encumberance on our path,” Agundu said on Monday in Jos.
He spoke at a special Eid-el Kabir lunch organised for the troops of STF.
“The Sallah treat is to recognise the efforts the troops are putting into sustaining the peace we are enjoying, and to also encourage them to do more.
“Peace is a process and we are determined to eliminate all the encumbrances so that the larger percentage of the population will be able to coexist peacefully.
“Every encumbrance to the peace of this state will be removed, no matter who is involved.
“Whatever is going to be an impediment, especially for those in the hinterlands to sleep, woke up and go about their businesses peacefully, we will take it out.
“Whoever will be a stumbling block to this, we are going to hunt him/her down, and I mean it, going forward,” he declared.
The commander stated that the STF had discovered few elements within the society who were manipulating the naivety of some people to promote violence.
He expressed optimism that violence would not be witnessed again because Plateau had turned a new curve that enthroned a new beginning of understanding and tolerance.
“As you witness, there is not much of angst on the Plateau because there is a greater understanding among people of different tribes and among religious divides.
“We will be building on it more tacitly so that everything on the Plateau will go back to what it used to be.
“The time is up for trouble makers because there is greater understanding for tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
“People are traversing all parts of the state now unmolested, except for the few incidences of cult activities some of which we have arrested and promptly dealt with,” he further said.
Agundu pointed out that the successes so far achieved in the search for peace on the Plateau was done through collaborative efforts of all security agencies.
He said that regular security meetings were being held to strategise and come up with new ways to address challenges as they emerge.
“The peaceful Sallah celebration is a testimony to the success of that synergy among the agencies,” he said.
Alhaji Hamisu Ali Jos, the “Makama” of Jos, in a remark, appreciated the STF for its determination and commitment to enthrone peace and peaceful coexistence in Plateau.
Ali Jos urged the youths and the entire people of the state to reciprocate the gesture by shunning vices that could undermine the efforts for peace.
Mrs. Esther Dusu, who represents Jos North West in the Plateau House of Assembly, assured the STF boss that the legislature would do everythibg possible to support efforts to restore the peace Plateau was known for.