An inner navy activity power in Plateau State, Operation Secure Haven (OPSH), has refuted allegations that it has a hand within the loss of life of two younger males within the Riyom Native Authorities Space of the state.
Locals had accused personnel of the navy unit of complicity after two youths, Jerry Bitrus, 28, and Joseph Davou, 32, had been reportedly killed final Sunday by gunmen within the space.
However the navy outfit has maintained that it has no hand within the loss of life of the youths.
Authorities of Operation Secure Haven defined that its personnel who had been on patrol on the mentioned date had been solely drafted to the world after a misery name was made to the unit.
The OPSH, whereas defending itself from the allegations claimed some mischievous individuals from the world had been making an attempt to discredit the work of navy outfit.
An announcement signed by its Media Officer, Main Ibrahim Shittu, the OPSH maintained that the accusations had been concocted to set the general public in opposition to the military.
The assertion learn in full: “The eye of the Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) has been drawn to stories alleging the killing of two youths by gunmen within the Riyom Native Authorities Space of Plateau State.
“The report which claimed that extra info have emerged on how the gunmen killed the 2 younger males on Sunday round 7.09pm, mentioned some locals accused males of Operation Secure Haven of being chargeable for the assault and killing of the victims.
“Having gone by way of this report and allegations made, we want to dissociate our males from this act in its entirety. This allegation just isn’t solely false, mischievous and baseless but in addition geared toward discrediting the operation.
“To set the information straight, we want to state that on Sunday, January 10, 2021, the Commander Sector 6 of Riyom Normal Space was referred to as by the youth chief of Ghoss to tell him that two (2) individuals had been shot by unknown gunmen. Following the knowledge, he swiftly mobilized his troops along with the Riyom Police Division to the scene.
On their arrival, they met the 2 victims who had been incapacitated and bleeding profusely. A detailed examination by the group confirmed that one was already lifeless whereas the opposite one was evacuated to Ok Vom Christian Hospital within the firm of some youths; sadly, he later gave up the ghost.
The navy authority defined that it additionally knowledgeable the Riyom Police Division within the space of the event they usually duly recovered the corpses of the victims.
“A member of the Plateau State Home of Meeting representing Riyom Constituency, Hon Timothy Datong, who additionally heard of the event, referred to as the Commander Sector 6 the place the incident occurred and he was briefed accordingly.
“It’s nevertheless unhappy that some mischievous individuals are accusing personnel of OPSH of the killings.
“You’ll recall that primarily based on the threats to that common space through the Yuletide season, OPSH elevated its deployment to function a deterrence to those that deliberate to assault.
“Troops have additionally continued to keep up safety even after the New Yr celebrations. One wonders why the identical troops will kill anybody who just isn’t a risk to the safety of law-abiding residents.
The navy unit additional vowed that the allegations is not going to deter its troops from performing their duties within the area.
“OPSH will proceed to function professionally inside its mandate in Plateau State and throughout its Joint Operational Space.”
Plateau: We aren’t chargeable for loss of life of two Riyom youths – Navy