By Salisu Shittu, Jos
The Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Lucky Irabor, Wednesday night in Jos, said he reorganized and combined the leadership of 3 Division of the Nigerian Army Rukuba, and that of the joint security taskforce, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), for effective performance.
The CDS said contrary to the false narrative that the reorganisation was intended to escalate crises in Plateau State, the merger of responsibility, under Major-General Ibrahim Sallau Ali, was for ease of coordination.
The CDS stated this during a media chat, at the OPSH headquarters in Jos, saying narrative was, “falsehood.”
“I have also heard from the media, propagating the false narrative, that combining the operation of Operation Safe Haven and the General Officer Commanding the 3 Div of the Nigerian Army, is intended to escalate the problem in the Plateau.
“What a falsehood,” he frowned.
General Irabor said; “I am the one who made that reorganisation, I felt that it is necessary for us to combine the armed forces available to the division and those available through Operation Safe Haven, under a single leadership for it to be more effective.
“You can’t have a house within a house, it doesn’t exist, the area of responsibilities of the 3 Division is where Operation Safe Haven, operates.”
He stressed that it is therefore, the responsibilities of the General Officer Commanding the 3 Division, to ensure adequate peace keeping in the area.
“You can’t have two captains in a ship, there must be one captain and he must be objective.
“The General Officer Commanding 3 Division, as we have today is someone we have assessed to be neutral, who have the requisites leadership quality that have come to bear in leading men and women of Operation Safe Haven to ensure the objective of the Operation is achieved.
“The objective is achieve peace and we are going to achieve peace,” he said.
On the call for people to resort to self defence, the CDS said, cautioned against taking illegal arms.
“It is illegal to carry arms for self defence.”
He said self defence; “..has to do with you taking measures to ensure tha you run safety.
“You preventing any movement that is injurious to you. knowing who your neighbors is. Knowing what your neighbour is made up.
“Knowing the character of your neighbour and your locality and knowing bad elements around your environment,” said.
General Irabor urged newsmen to educate people
“Please, educate your neighbours and everyone that not until you carry arm before you defend yourself.
“What you see that is abnormal you report to the security.
“it is not until you carry weapons that you can defend yourself. So, defending your self is not about carrying guns,” he said.
General Irabor tasked journalists to advanced reportage that would add value to peace and security.