The Special Task Force (STF), Operation Safe Haven, deployed to Plateau State to keep the peace has taken exception to insinuations going round town by some civil groups that some women were man-handled by personnel of the STF in Rim of Riyom local government of the state on Sunday, March 10.
A statement yesterday by the STF Spokesman, Captain Salisu Ibrahim Mustapha categorically debunked what he called “malicious, misleading and unwarranted lies that were purposely made to tarnish the good work and image of the STF and its operations which are aimed at restoring peace and stability in the state.
“What happened in Rim was meant to be a usual random cordon and search operation that has been conducted by the Task Force in recent times all over the state. The operation started smoothly at about 7am for some time before suddenly, the women mobilized themselves, prevented the personnel from doing the work and started calling for the withdrawal of the troops from Rim.
“This does not end at that, they became violent and started hurling insults, stones and other dangerous objects at the armed men injuring about six personnel. All efforts aimed at warning and dialogue with their leaders proved abortive as the women refused to cooperate with the security agents and even their elders.”
Mustapha noted importantly that the operation was necessitated following intelligence reports of suspected arms around the area and also due to some sporadic shootings going on around the village which the villagers are crying about. “More so, the operation was conducted concurrently in three other surrounding villages of Rim namely; Diyan, Rugga Fulani Rim and Rangwei. The operation was successful in the other three places except Rim where the women refused their places to be searched. This is disheartening and uncivilized coming from the same people whom these weapons might be used against.”
He stressed that their stay in the state has been purely based on national call to duty as an uncompromised security outfit whose professional and ethical engagements stand incorruptible and also beyond sentiments. “The STF therefore, reiterates that as an integral part of the nation’s security, it shall continue to discharge its duties of protecting and securing the lives and property of Nigerians impartially and with unbiased minds, by conducting such operations when ever and where ever it deemed necessary.“