Residents of Plateau state have been warned by special task force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) against taking the law into their hands in the guise of self-defense owing to worsening insecurity in Plateau.
Recall that the Plateau house of assembly had called on residents to defend themselves against killers in the state.
Scores of people have been killed while many other residents have sustained varying degrees of injuries following a recent spike in attacks in the state.
Speaking on the sad development, the media officer of the task force, Ishaku Takwa via a statement released on Monday criticised the consistent calls on residents to defend themselves.
Takwa said such calls would escalate the security challenges bedevilling the state.
“We have noted several reports in the media by some highly placed individuals calling on law-abiding citizens of Plateau to resort to defending themselves in the face of the security challenges experienced in the state,” he said.
“We wish to assure the good people of the state that OPSH is committed to protecting the lives and property of all.
“We have improved on our responses to distress calls and several attacks were prevented from happening lately.
“These successes were possible due to the trust and provision of timely and credible information from the good people of the state.
“We, therefore, urge law-abiding citizens of the state not to take laws into their hands but to continue to provide us with such information to enable us protect communities from attacks.”
He also enjoined residents to continue to give support to security agencies toward restoring lasting peace and security in the state.
Takwa also advised the people to shun violence, hatred and encouraged them to tolerate one another for peace to reign.