Commander of the Military Special Task Force, also known as Operation Safe Haven in Jos, Maj. Gen. Tagbo Ude will on Monday, inaugurate a General Court Martial to try some officers and men for official misconduct.
OPSH was deployed to restore law and order in Plateau state following several cases of ethno-religious crises in the state.
A statement by the Media and Communications Officer, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, said that though the occasion will take place at the headquarters of OPSH in Jos, the court martial will conduct its sittings at the auditorium 3 Armored Division of the Nigerian Army, Maxwell Khobe Cantonment , Rukuba Barrack, Jos.
In the statement which was made available to Punch in Jos on Friday Iweha said that the setting up of the court martial was pursuant to the powers conferred on the commander, Operations Safe Haven by virtue of section 131 of the Armed Forces Act CAP A 20 laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
He said that the court martial is to dispense with cases which could not have been dealt with by summary trials.
The statement reiterated the readiness of the task force to ensure that the peace currently being enjoyed in Plateau continues even as the dry season farming is ongoing and preparation for the next raining season begins.
It said, “The commander Operation Safe Haven Major General Tagbo Ude reiterates the call to continue to preach the gospel of peaceful co-existence by members of the clergy, Imans and religious leaders , village and community leaders , Youth and Vigilante leaders ,” He equally called for the passage of timely and accurate information to Personnel of OPSH for timely response and prevention of breakdown of law and order ”
The statement added, “OPSH also reiterates its readiness to respond to any act of breach of peace or security which is capable of causing possible death and destruction of property promptly.”
While assuring residents within its area of operational responsibility of their safety at all times, the task force assured that any information provided to it would be treated with absolute confidentially.
“OPSH would want to reassure members of the general public of its determination to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens,” the statement said.
“We also continue to thank the good people of Plateau communities for their cooperation in providing prompt information to security agencies bordering on Public safety. ”
Also as part of measures to facilitate the return of displaced persons back to their communities, OPSH organised a quiz and drama competition at it Forward Operations Base in Wase.
The event which had high turnout was organised in conjunction with local government education authority as part of its peace building initiatives aimed at forging closer bonds amongst the children, as books and other materials were distributed at the event.