Plateau killings: Stop spreading lies, army warns CAN, others
Military authorities in Nigeria, have warned citizens against spreading falsehood in respect to the security challenges in Mangu local government area general of Plateau State.
Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, spokesman of the Defense Headquarters, gave the warning in a statement he made available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.
He warned that anyone caught maliciously talking down on the military would be punished in accordance with the extant law no matter his status in the society.
He dismissed claims of bias levelled against troops involved in restoring peace in Mangu by the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Mangu Chapter, Rev. Timothy Daluk.
He said Daluk’s claims were baseless, malicious and lack any reasonable foundation.
“It is deeply disturbing that a religious leader, who is expected to demonstrate high level of moral judgement and truthfulness, has resorted to spreading falsehoods about the military and its personnel.
“We want to reiterate that the military remains neutral, focused, professional and committed to its constitutional role of protecting the lives and property of law-abiding citizens.
“We will deal with anybody found disobeying the law, without bias or prejudice.
“We therefore call upon the public to support the ongoing military operations aimed at decimating non-state actors operating in these troubled areas of the State.
“We will not be distracted by baseless accusations and remain steadfast in our commitment to restoring peace and security.
“We strongly caution individuals involved in making malicious comments against the military to cease from such acts.
“Henceforth, any person found spreading falsehoods will face constitutional redress, regardless of their status in society,” he said.
Mr Gusau appreciated law-abiding citizens for their support and cooperation and assured the public of the unwavering dedication of the military to preserving peace and security in the country.
He recalled that there was a breach of security in the Mangu municipal area on Jan. 23, resulting in the Government of Plateau declaring a 24-hour curfew.
According to him, troops of Operation Safe Haven were reinforced in Mangu to enforce the curfew and bring the situation under control, thereby preventing its spread to other areas.
“The troops have carried out their duties professionally and in accordance with the rules of engagement.
“They have successfully arrested criminals involved in looting and burning of properties, as well as recovered weapons,” he added.