17th July, 2018
Relief might just be at the corner for many people who were displaced from their ancestral lands during the recent spate of crisis that engulfed parts of Plateau State.
This is because the Special Task Force (STF), charged with maintaining peace in Plateau, has just given inhabitants of some crisis-prone villages 48 hours to vacate those communities.
A spokesman of the STF in person of Salisu Mustapha in a statement informed the press that a “military operation” is going on in the affected areas located in Barkin-Ladi and Riyom Local Governments.
He then went on to add; “The inhabitants of the affected areas are to vacate immediately with their property.” Mahanga, Kakuruk, Maseh and Shong 2 are the villages concerned in this present development.
However some of the residents are complaining about the fact that the order was unfair and uncharitable for the STF to order them out of their ancestral villages without providing alternatives.
According to some of them; “We know no other home,” he said. “Where do they want us to go? Why must they treat us as if we are foreigners in our own country?” “We have nowhere to go to and so may just have to disobey the STF’s order”, they further said.
Neighbouring settlements such as KuraFalls, Kuzuk, Sharuk, Rim of Gashish Districts were advised by the STF not to panic as the order does not directly affect them.
According to the Task Force; “Residents of such areas should just be very careful of their movement within the area and avoid places of military operation until further notice. The people are also advised to report any suspicious movement or activities in their areas.”