Jos – The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said on Monday that the efforts of the military in the North-East had paid off as incessant bombing attacks on the public had been halted.
Buratai said this when he paid a courtesy call on the Gbong Gwom of Jos. Dr Jacob Buba Gyang.
Buratai assured the traditional ruler that the military was committed to restoring peace to the Plateau and the entire country.
“Our efforts in the North-East have really paid off.
“As it was previously, the incessant bombings and attacks in different places of worship, markets and motor parks have virtually stopped.
“For a long time, we have not heard of that because the military has dislodged the criminals from there,” he said.
The Gbong Gwom in his response appealed to the military to fish out the killers of Lazarus Agai, the paramount ruler of Bokkos.
NAN reports that that the paramount ruler was murdered by gunmen about weeks’ ago.
“Our appeal, which we have stated very clearly, is that all the security agencies must ensure that the perpetrators are fished out and made to face the law, accordingly.
“This will add to the confidence that the people of Plateau have in the military and other security agencies.
“You may wish to know that before that incident, a village head and another district head in Bokkos had been also murdered,’’ the Gbong Gwom said.
He said that before those incidents, the people on the Plateau had been living in relative peace.
Gyang commended the military for routing out the Boko Haram insurgents which he described as “destructive elements” and restoring peace to the entire nation.
“You have made sacrifices and restored hope to Nigeria.
You have routed the destructive elements so that Nigerians are able to move around with confidence,” he said.