By Israel Bulus, Kaduna
The Special Task Force Commander, in the ongoing Operation Safe Haven in Zango Kataf, Jema’a, Sanga and Kaura Local Governments in Southern Kaduna, Maj Gen Rogers Nicholas has vowed to shoot anyone rearing cattle at night.
This is coming just as the Task Force commander has also urged every community in Southern Kaduna to form a civilian joint task force that will report issues in their localities directly to him.
It will be recalled that the Senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani and Chancellor, Gurara Patriots (Gurara Forum) Mr Vincent Bodams had in different occassions, advocated for the enstalishment of Civilian JTF that will help in strengthening security in Southern Kaduna where many innocent Nigerians have died of night attacks.
The Commander stated this on Saturday 22nd July 2017 at the Southern Kaduna Peace Gathering organised by Citizen Monitoring Group in partnership with the STF Operation Safe Haven.
The programme was tagged: “Peaceful Co-existence Conflict Prevention And Building Structures For Sustainable Peace.”
Nicholas said: “What we have done to ensure peace in Jos will be reciprocated here in Southern Kaduna. Night rearing of cattle will not be allow. Any Fulani man caught rearing cattle in the night, we will shoot him.”
“We will soon have a surveillance helicopter that will be hovering around to help strengthen our operations here. Justice must be done to ensure peace is restored,” Nicholas said.
Elanza News reports that Nicholas called on the Fulanis to always notify their Chiefs whenever there are foreign Fulanis in their communities adding that anyone who harbour a criminal foreigner will be held responsible for any breach of security.
“We will not allow circulation of arms and drugs abuse in Southern Kaduna. Anyone caught, by the powers of the STF, we have the right to arrest and detain such a person for as long as investigation last” the general maintained.
In order to enhance better security, the STF Commander advised that,” every community must form their local intelligence security that will be reporting directly to the STF.
“The STF will embark on re-opening of Cattle routes. Herdsmen must be held responsible for any farm damages,” he added.
The general urged the Fulanis not to send under age children for rearing who cannot control the cows.
While fielding questions from Journalists shortly after the meeting the STS Commandant said,” special operation have been designed to accompanied farmers to their own farms by the personnel to ensure they are safe from any form of attacks.
The co-convener, Bishop Gideon Para-Mallam said government must work with the people to ensure peace.
“To ensure peace, government must come with humility to work with credible bodies that will promotes peaceful co-existence.”
Member representing Jema’a/Sanga Federal constituency in the National Assembly, Hon Nicholas Garba Shehu commended the resilient and practical steps taken by the STF adding, the police must begin to act fast whenever they are call upon for any security breach before it escalate.