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Friday , 20 July 2018

Plateau attacks: Death toll rises to 200, as military deploy additional troops

Death toll in Plateau attacks is said to have risen to over 200 as tension continues to mount across the country following the killings in the north central state.

Police chief Ibrahim Idris has ordered the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations to relocate to Plateau State where gunmen killed scores at the weekend.

The Inspector-General of Police also deployed two helicopters, five Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and personnel of various units to the affected communities.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin has authorized the deployment of additional Special Forces to Plateau State to beef up the strength of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).

The additional troops, who arrived Jos, capital of Plateau State on Monday were received and briefed by the Commander OPSH, Major General AM Atolagbe on their new assignment.

A statement from the defence spokes person, Brigadier General John Agim said “the Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to assure all law abiding citizens of Plateau state of their safety.”

The statement also said misguided youths “who have offered themselves to be used as thugs are hereby warned that anyone apprehended will receive the full weight of the law.”

“Herdsmen and farmers are also warned not to take laws into their hands; rather suspected persons should be reported promptly to security agencies.” The statement said.

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