Plateau IDPs home return: Senate Defense Committee VC, STF strike deal

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Senate Vice Committee Chairman on Defence, Istifanus Gyang visits Commander, STF, Plateau State

Nigeria’s Senate Vice Committee Chairman on Defence, Istifanus Gyang has requested the Military Task Force in Plateau State to speedup the home return of last year’s violent attack victims in the State.

The internally displaced persons according to Gyang are currently in threatening humanitarian conditions due to declining social aid.

“I am fully with you on your current efforts to return the IDPs back to their original homes.

“Let them resume their economic activities to recover faster from the pains of the attacks,” said the Senator, Thursday during a visit to the Special Task Force, Operations Safe Haven headquarters in Jos.

Gyang, the representative of Plateau North Senatorial District in the Nigerian Parliament vowed to use his legislative position to lobby for sufficient funding of the peacekeeping mission and other security operations in the State, for optimal performance.

The Task Force had already been working to clear villages of threats for easy return of the IDPs, Commander of the STF, Major General Augustine Agundu told the visiting Senator.

“We have withdrawn most of our troops to the local communities who mostly bear the brunt of the manipulations that are done in the city,” he said.

The Task Force according to him has drastically cut down the rate of violent attacks especially on farmlands.

“Before the rainy season commenced, we summoned leaders of herder and local farming communities and read out a Riot Act to them on any malicious damage to property whether farmlands or cattle herds.

“That is why unlike previous years when we had a lot of altercations and muscles flexing by this time, there is virtually no sign of threat now,” said Agundi.

The Mission has however shifted from the use of force to dialogue in its approach to the decades long clashes between farmers and herders in the State.

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