Army Denies Killing, Dumping Bodies In Jos Pond While Clamping Down On Looters

Major General John Enenche
Army Denies Killing, Dumping Bodies In Jos Pond While Clamping Down On Looters - Vantage News Nigeria
Major General John Enenche

The Coordinator, Defence Headquarters, John Enenche, has denied reports that the Army killed four persons and dumped their bodies in a pond in Jos while clamping down on looters of private property in Plateau State.

Enenche, in a statement issued on Saturday described such reports as malicious and mischievous.

He explained that the soldiers attached to the Special Task Force (STF), Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), were guided by extant rules of engagement while trying to prevent the hoodlums that invaded the private property of the former speaker at Lamingo, with a view to looting it

Enenche added that the troops only arrested the hoodlums that attempted to loot the residence of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara on October 25.

The statement read in parts, “Consequently, troops of the STF, OPSH, which are saddled with the responsibility of maintaining peace and tranquillity in Plateau State and environs were immediately deployed to bring the situation under control.

“Guided by extant Rules of Engagement and Standing Operating Procedures for such situations, the highly professional troops arrived at the residence and apprehended a total number of 30 looters.

“Additionally, a total of 114 hoodlums comprising 21 females and 93 males were apprehended for looting.

“It is worthy to mention that the timely intervention of our troops at the residence of the former speaker ensured that the situation was nipped in the bud.

“Thus, the story is a malicious and mischievous publication against the Nigerian Military and Operation Safe Haven in particular, that has commendably fostered peace in Plateau State.

“One, therefore, wonders where there was shooting for a situation that was managed professionally to bring the situation under control.

“Consequently, the Defence Headquarters wishes to commend the highly professional troops of Operation Safe Haven for their dedication to duty.

“Members of the general public are also assured of their safety and are encouraged to go about their lawful activities without any fear.

“Additionally, it is always advisable for media organisations to verify their facts before rushing to publish untrue and unverified stories,’’ he said.

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