Operation SAFE HAVEN denies firing at protesting Plateau Poly students

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The Headquarters Operation SAFE HAVEN has said that no security personnel fired at any Plateau Poly protesting student.  This is in contrary to a statement signed and released by Activist Sunday A Asuku the National President, National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) Plateau State condemning the Nigerian Army for the death of one of the protesting comrades. The statement alleged that trigger happy personnel of the Nigerian Army under Operation SAFE HAVEN invaded their campus and unleashed terror on peaceful protesters, leaving one dead and so many hospitalized.

Operation Safe Heavens Headquarters said the allegation levelled against its troops is baseless, false and unfounded.

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“No personnel serving in Operation SAFE HAVEN fired at any protesting student,” it said.

According to OPSH, security agencies professionally dispersed the protesting students who barricaded the major road linking Jos Metropolis with other states causing traffic jam to commuters. It therefore, enjoins the public to disregard the statement issued by the student leader.

“Operation SAFE HAVEN wishes to also draw the attention of the students and indeed members of the public on the ban of any kind of protest by group or persons in the state by the Nigeria Police while the curfew imposed by the Plateau state government is still enforced. Therefore, the protest by the students was unnecessary. It should be noted that hoodlums would have infiltrated the protest and cause mayhem that would have disrupted the fragile peace on the plateau, but the timely intervention of the security agencies averted the ugly situation. Normalcy has since been restored and people are going about doing their normal activities,” OPSH said.

It added that, “Security agencies on the plateau will continue to ensure peace reigns on the plateau. We reiterate that personnel of OPSH deployed on the Plateau will continue to conduct themselves in the most professional manner in line with global best practices of respect for the fundamental human rights of the citizenry and strict adherence to Rules of Engagement (ROE). The people including the students are the major reason the troops are deployed in the first place. The Commander Maj Gen IS Ali also emphasizes to troops that the protection of the people from harm is a top priority while calling on the students to always abide by the laws of the land.”

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