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December 5, 2023

Jos: OP SAFE HAVEN Commander warns against harboring criminals, inaugurates Peace Implementation C’ttee

From Tongnaan Bawa, Jos

The Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division Nigerian Army, Major General AE Abubakar, has warned residents on the Plateau against harboring criminals causing havoc in the State.

The commander made this known in his keynote address on Tuesday while inaugurating additional committee members to implement the recommendations of the 36-man joint committee report on achieving lasting peace in some selected local government areas of Plateau State, at Headquarters 3 Division Nigerian Army Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Rukuba Jos.

The Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division Nigerian Army, Major General AE Abubakar

The Commander OPSH/GOC, disclosed that the 26-Man peace implementation committee inaugurated in February 2022 has succeeded in bringing peace to the LGAs earlier assigned to it through dialogue and community engagement. He maintained that robust non-kinetic measures have been employed by OPSH to address disagreements without resorting to force except in combating criminality.


In a statement signed by Captain Oya James, Media Information Officer Operation SAFE HAVEN, General Abubakar urged the committee members to carry out their responsibilities diligently devoid of bias or favor.

While adding that peace can only be achieved through collective efforts of the people, the commander revealed that the additional committee members were carefully selected to represent various interest groups and stakeholders. The commander further emphasized that the peace effort was necessary to preserve the present and protect the future generations from experiencing the harsh realities of incessant conflicts.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Deputy Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Deputy Commissioner of Police T Iyua, said the expanded committee would replicate the good works of the existing implementation committee and provide adequate solutions to the root causes of the crisis in Barkin Ladi, Bassa, Bokkos, Jos North and South as well as Mangu and Riyom LGAs

On his part,  the Special Guest of Honor and Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Architect Samuel Jatau, commended the commander OPSH for his high-sense of commitment to peace, which he said was advantageous to the State to regain its rightful place in the comity of Nigerian States. The SSG maintained that Plateau State Government will leave no stone unturned in securing the lives and property of the people.

Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers and local government chairmen at the event, the Miskaham Mwaghavul, His Royal Highness  John Hirse and Chairman Mangu LGA Transition Implementation Committee,  Markus Artu, pledged their commitment to work with relevant authorities to safeguard the communities. They vowed to support the initiative and give maximum support to the committee in order to deliver on its mandate.

In his vote of thanks, the Chairman 55-Man Peace Implementation Committee, Justice Daniel Longji (Rtd), reiterated the commitment of the committee members to dedicate themselves to the tasks ahead. He admitted that through the expansion of the scope of the committee, more successes would be recorded  in the State.

Highlights of the occasion included oath taking/presentation of appointment  letters to new committee members and group photographs.

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Mustapha Salisu

Mustapha Salisu is a graduate of BSc. Information and Media Studies from Bayero University Kano, with experience in Communication Skills as well as Public Relations.

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