COAS, T. A. Lagbaja Charges Troops To Restore Law And Order In Mangu
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on January 27, 2024
By Gilbert Joseph
Concerned by the wave of attacks in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja has urged troops of Operation Hakorin Damisa to immediately bring an end to the menace.
Speaking on Saturday, 27th January, 2024, Gen. Lagbaja expressed confidence in the abilities of his men to stop the incessant attacks particularly in Mangu LGA.
He said “After I flagged off Operation Hakorin Damisa in Mangu, the charge I gave you was to end all forms of criminality, and even after then I have had to come back in December last Year.
“In the past one week, we have experienced another round of violence here in Mangu and I have had a chat with your Commander on the security situation on the Plateau, especially in Mangu.”
The Army Chief however admitted that the situation had become complex as a result of the ethnic and religious dimension that has been introduced into it but further insisted that the rules of engagement must be strictly adhered to by the troops.
He reiterated that “As soldiers, your focus is on one thing: stamp out the criminality and violence once and for all as I will not come back here except to go to the field myself.”
Speaking on the allegation that his men were complicit and taking sides, he said they had investigated the claims but found it baseless and lacking any element of truth.
The COAS noted that “These allegations are unsubstantiated and have been found not to be true, in fact even the governor whom I spoke with earlier confirmed this despite initially holding a contrary view.
Gen. Lagbaja further said “Some of our men are from Mangu Local Government and would not have witnessed such incidents and kept quiet.”
Having embarked on an on-the-spot assessment of damaged churches and property, he revealed that members of the general public and troops can call the military emergency line and give him direct feedback and reports as that has been done in the past.