Withdrawing Troops From Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa Invitation To Calamity
Major stakeholders in Benue state Thursday pleaded with the federal government not to withdraw officers and men of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) from Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states.
They said doing that would return the states to the past where gunmen, including suspected militia groups and herders visited disaster on the hapless communities.
OPWS was inaugurated May 2018 across the three states at the height of criminal activities by people suspected to be herders and members of various militia groups.
And since taking charge, the OPWS has restored some level of sanity in the affected states, putting the activities of the hoodlums under check.
Prior to the deployment of the military team, about 385 people were killed in Benue state between 2017 and 2018, as documented by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project.
And on arrival, the troops carried out a “clearance operation across four fronts of Gwer West, Logo and Guma LGAs of Benue state,” and also in Nasarawa as well as Taraba states.
At different times, the military recovered weapons and ammunitions from the gunmen and also handed some of the suspects to relevant security agencies.
Although, there is yet an official confirmation of the planned withdrawal of the team, some stakeholders, however, called on the federal government never to toy with such a decision to avert calamities.