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GOC solicits support to end ethnic clashes in Taraba

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By Martins Abochol


Takum (Taraba) Maj.-Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division Jos, has appealed to religious leaders and traditional ruler in Taraba to continue to preach peace.

Angbazo made the appeal on Wednesday in Takum while addressing community leaders, women and youth organisations on the need to embrace one another for peaceful coexistence.

Represented by Brig.-Gen. Briggs Daniel, the GOC said that the Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai had directed that Operation Ayem-Akpatuma be conducted in the area to flush out criminal elements.

He solicited their support to enable security operatives restore peace in the area, saying that it was their responsibility to bring peace to the area.

Angbazo noted that most schools in the area had been closed because of unrest, adding that children who are future leaders were being deprived of education.

Also speaking, Brig.-Gen. Sani Mohammed, the Commander, 23 Armoured Brigade, Yola, urged anyone with fire arms to surrender them to the police or face the wrath of the law.

Mohammed also urged community leaders to provide vital information to security agencies.

In his address, Mr Shiban Tikari, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Takum appealed to the different ethnic groups in the area to tolerate one another.

He also advised them to shun rumour and expressed hope that the security challenges in the area would soon be overcome. (NAN)


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Edited by Johnson Eyiangho/Ismail Abdulaziz