As part of efforts to maintain peace in the Plateau, parts of Kaduna and Bauchi states, the Special Force mandate, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), said it trained 103 youths in armed combat and intelligence gathering.
This was revealed by the sector commander, Colonel Timothy Opurum, who suggested that the formation and training of civilians had been informed by the displacement of some communities by bandits in 2021.
The graduation ceremony for the trainees held at the OPSH Sector 7 Command in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area, Kaduna State was aimed at improving the security situation in these areas.
“What prompted this formation was the displacement of people living in Jankasa and Kachechere villages under Ungwan Gaya district of Kaduna State.
“When I took over, I found out that there was no one living in these areas because of an incident that happened there last year.
“Based on this, I attracted these young people among all the natives who had been displaced from this place and gave them basic training.
“It is to allow people to take back their land, especially as we approach a new agricultural season,” he added.
According to him, the issue of security is a collective responsibility and therefore it is also up to the inhabitants to get involved, affirming that it is on this basis that we have considered that it is necessary that security be everyone’s business. .
To this end, he postulated that members of the civilian joint task force will work together under the control and supervision of the commander.
He also revealed that the joint civilian task force would be named the Coalition of Vigilantes Network and would work in synergy with other existing vigilante groups to achieve a common goal.
“Other existing vigilantes are doing their best, but it seems like something is missing and that thing that’s missing is synergy.
“I try to create synergy and bring together all vigilante groups, including all legions and hunters,” he said.
Also speaking, Honorable Member representing Jaba/Zango Kataf Federal Constituency, Amos Gwamna commended the army for its tireless efforts to bring peace to southern Kaduna.
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