– At least three soldiers were killed while trying to restore calm between herders and farmers in Plateau state
– Augustine Agundu, commander of the force, said were made efforts to reconcile the warring factions but they have remained adamant
– He vowed to bring to book those behind the tragic incident
At least three soldiers attached to Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) – a multi-security taskforce, were reportedly killed by unidentified gunmen during an operation in Barikin Ladi local government area of Plateau state.
The OPSH is saddled with the responsibility of restoring and maintaining peace in the state.
Daily Trust reports that the Commander of OPSH, Major General Augustine Agundu, confirmed the killing to newsmen at the headquarters of the command after an emergency meeting with stakeholders on Saturday, September 8.
Agundu said the situation in the Plateau is getting out of hand despite all the effort being made to bring understanding.
He said: “I have lost three men. They were killed in action as result of circle of violence that resurfaced again. The worst of it is the proliferation of arms on the Plateau that is out of magnitude. There is no nation where you used crime to fight crime.
“I have locked down Barkin-ladi, this act will never repeat itself. We have made efforts to reconcile the warring factions but they have remained adamant.”
The government has been making efforts to put the killings across the country in check.
In an earlier report by NAIJ.com, a kind-hearted and brave Muslim cleric had saved about 262 persons fleeing from some suspected herdsmen who had invaded Nghar Yelwa village in the Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau state.
Upon seeing victims fleeing from suspected herdsmen who attacked Nghar Yelwa, a village in Plateau state on Sunday, June 24, the Imam opened the door of a mosque and hid them.
Benue Elders Speak on Herdsmen Attacks on NAIJ.com TV