STF discovers landmines in Plateau
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.
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