STF dis­cov­ers land­mines in Plateau

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hir Joseph, Jos

The Spe­cial Task Force (STF) in Plateau State said yes­ter­day that it de­noted land­mines in Mangu where hos­til­i­ties be­tween Berom and Fu­lani have spread.

The spokesman, Cap­tain Ikedichi Iweha, told Daily Trust that they dis­cov­ered the land­mines at Gyam­bus, along the road to Kadunung, a town which was re­cently sacked af­ter an in­va­sion which re­sulted in the killing of no fewer than 20 per­sons and the dis­place­ment of about 5,000 last month.

He said in a state­ment that the STF now re­named Op­er­a­tion Safe Haven (OPSH) had to in­vite a tech­ni­cal team of mine sweep­ers from the 43 Divi­sion En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vice of the Army to clear the ex­plo­sives.

“The mines were planted to im­pede our move­ment to re­spond to emer­gen­cies and slow down our ef­forts to re­store peace. But we have cleared them up, and have con­tin­ued our pa­trol,” Cap­tain Iweha told Daily Trust.

He said no ar­rests were made, but added that they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent to track down the per­pe­tra­tors. Gyambu is a vil­lage near Kadunung in Mangu Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area. Lagos State Gover­nor, Mr. Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode, will to­day swear in 23 com­mis­sion­ers and 14 spe­cial ad­vis­ers who will con­sti­tute the State Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil.

The cer­e­mony is sched­uled to take place at the Adeyemi Bero Au­di­to­rium, Alausa Sec­re­tar­iat, Ikeja. It fol­lows the State House of As­sem­bly’s screen­ing and ap­proval of the ap­pointees.

The new cabi­net in­cludes six former cabi­net mem­bers in ex-gover­nor Ba­batunde Fashola’s ad­min­is­tra­tion. They are former Com­mis­sioner for Agri­cul­ture Gbo­la­han Lawal, former Com­mis­sioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris, former Spe­cial Ad­viser Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict Fo­larin Coker, former Spe­cial Ad­viser Com­merce and Industry Seye Oladejo, former Spe­cial Ad­viser Works and In­fras­truc­ture Engr. Ganiyu John­son and former Spe­cial Ad­viser Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, Ba­batunde Hunpe.

Borno Gover­nor, Kashim Shet­tima dur­ing his un­sched­uled as­sess­ment of re­con­struc­tion works Kaga Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area un­der the first phase of re­con­struc­tion of com­mu­ni­ties de­stroyed by Boko Haram in­sur­gents be­ing car­ried out by the Borno State gov­ern­ment... at the week­end

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