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Insecurity: Military deploys special forces to FCT, Plateau hotspots

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The Defence Headquarters has reaffirmed its commitment to eradicating terrorism in Nigeria, deploying special forces in critical hotspots, particularly in the Federal Capital Territory and Plateau State.

The move aims to enhance combat operations and strengthen intelligence capabilities against terrorists.

Director Defence, Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, and Acting Director Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Tulur Gusau, issued a warning against maliciously disparaging the military.

Buba emphasized the intensified operations in FCT suburbs and neighboring states, listing specific areas such as Cashew Forest, Kwaku, Gwombe, Gadoro, Tukuba, Kawu, Igu, Tokulo, Gaba, Zuma 1, Zuma 2, Shere, Mpape, Jikoko, Berger Quarry, Nukuchi, Gauraka, Apo Forest, Gyedna/Sabon Wusa, and Garam.

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Buba acknowledged the challenges posed by insurgency in various regions, stating, “Indeed, we may not have all the answers now. However, we assure citizens that we are working assiduously to address the situation both in the immediate and long term to ensure the safety of lives and property.”

He stressed the commitment to eliminating terrorism, stating, “The Armed Forces would destroy the cancer of terrorism that is ravaging our country, thereby creating situations such as that ongoing in Plateau State.”

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Acting Director Defence Information Brig.-Gen. Gusau cautioned against spreading falsehoods, particularly regarding security challenges in Plateau State’s Mangu LGA. He dismissed claims of bias against troops involved in restoring peace in Mangu as baseless and malicious.

Gusau urged the public to support ongoing military operations and warned against making malicious comments.

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“Any person found spreading falsehoods will face constitutional redress, regardless of their status in society,” he stated.

Regarding the Plateau crisis, Gusau confirmed the reinforcement of Operation Safe Haven troops in Mangu to enforce the curfew and restore control.

He emphasized the troops’ professionalism, adherence to rules of engagement, and successful arrest of criminals involved in looting and burning of properties.

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