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Jos Massacre: Special Forces, Fighter Jets Deployed To Affected Areas

Valentine Chinyem

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Following the attack by Fulani herdsmen and the death of over 86 people in Plateau State, Jos, the chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, has ordered that Special forces from the military and combat helicopters be deployed to the state to check-mate the high rate of killings and to restore peace and orderliness.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Director of Defence Information, Brig Gen John Agim said: “The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin has authorized the deployment of additional Special Forces to Plateau State to beef up the strength of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).

“The additional troops which arrived Jos, capital of Plateau State on Monday were received and briefed by the Commander OPSH, Major General AM Atolagbe on their new assignment.

The NAF Spokesperson AVM Olatokunbo Adesanya said : “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has today, 25 June 2018, deployed an Mi-35P combat helicopter and an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to Plateau State in support of efforts aimed at quelling the crisis that recently erupted in the State and restoring normalcy.”

More so, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has two deployed helicopters, five Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and more officers to the affected communities; one of such officer is the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations, who has been appointed to take charge of the affairs of securing lives and properties in the affected part of the state.

Force Spokesman Jimoh Moshood, in a statement said:

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has promptly deployed since on 24th June, 2018 the Police Special Intervention Force to Plateau State to Restore Lasting Peace in Barkin-Ladi, Riyom, Jos South LGA and other flash points in the state.

“The intervention is to put an end to the crisis. The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations is being relocated on the directive of the IGP to Jos, Plateau State to coordinate and supervise the operations on the ground.”

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