- Samson Omale
Plateau Killings: GOC/OPSH Commander Took Sides; Remove Him Now--ECWA/TEKAN of CAN Alleges.
The TEKAN/ECWA bloc of the Christian Association of Nigeria has called for the removal of the General Officer Commanding 3rd Division of the Nigerian, who is also the Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Major General Ibrahim Ali
The Bloc is accusing the Commander of the Operation safe haven of taking sides
Speaking through its leader, Rev. Moses Ebuga, the TEKAN/ECWA bloc revealed that 3, 141 houses were burnt within 18 days of the crisis in Irigwe.
They warned that “As Christians, and especially our Bloc on the Plateau cannot remain silent while its members and properties are destroyed by the Killer Fulani herders and militias, with no efforts by the government to stop these evil acts.
Part of the allegation against the commander is that no arrest have been made especially when some Islamic leaders are preaching hate and encouraging their followers to kill christians.
The group also claimed that the Islamic cleric whose call, in a recent video to his followers, to kill christians in retaliation has not been summoned, questioned or even arrested
TEKAN/ECWA in their press statement pointed out that ‘The GOC of the third 3rd Division of the Nigerian Army who doubles as the Commander Operation Safe Haven in the person of Major General Ibrahim Ali has not lived up to expectation.
"The military barracks which is located in the same Bassa LGA and within a few kilometers radius came under attacks for several hours and days without any response or intervention from the Army this leaves much to be desired especially when there was an opportunity for the Army to redeem its image."
The group were unequivocal in saying that they have lost confidence in the Commander's ability to handle the security situation in Plateau State and therefore calling on the Nigerian Army headquarters to relieve him of his responsibilities forth with.
Addressing a press conference in Jos on Monday, the group alleged that over 85 persons were killed and more than 55 others hospitalized following herdsmen invasion in Irigwe chiefdom of Bassa LGA of Plateau State.
The Church leaders said documented displaced people as at August from irigwe land stands at 29,805 people while more than 26 villages destroyed and 39 Communities affected in the period under review.