Plateau: STF orders villagersout of trouble areas

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The Special Task Force charged with
maintaining the peace in Plateau State has
given inhabitants of some crisis-prone
villages 48 hours to vacate the settlements.
A statement signed by STF spokesman, Capt.
Salisu Mustapha, said in Jos on Saturday that
a “military operation’’ was going on in the
affected areas located in Barkin-Ladi and
Riyom Local Government Areas.
Among the affected villages are Mahanga,
Kakuruk, Maseh and Shong 2.
“The inhabitants of the affected areas are to
vacate immediately with their property,’’ the
statement stated.
The statement, however, advised residents of
neighbouring settlements such as KuraFalls,
Kuzuk, Sharuk, Rim of Gashish Districts not
to panic.
“Residents of such areas should just be very
careful of their movement within the area and
avoid places of military operation until
further notice,” the statement said.
It advised people to report any suspicious
movement or activities in their areas.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the
military action may have resulted from the
incessant attacks by gunmen on some
communities in the areas.
The attacks reached a crescendo last Sunday
when a serving senator, Gyang Dantong, and
Mr Gyang Fulani, Majority Leader in the
Plateau House of Assembly, lost their lives in
a stampede after gunmen attacked them at
Maseh village during a burial ceremony.
The two lawmakers had gone to the village to
join others for the mass burial of several
dozens of villagers that were killed in earlier
attacks by gunmen.

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