Military authorities in the country have admonished citizens to ensure that illegality is not encouraged in the name of militia, noting, “we have enough experience across the board that when it starts the end is often what even those who started it can no longer control.”
Director of Military Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, who noted this during an interaction with journalists at the Secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalist, NUJ, Jos at the weekend was clearing the air on the mixed information that trailed the recent killings in part of Wase local government area of Plateau State.
He said, “What has been happening in the area, to the extent that some people that constitute themselves into militia have the effrontery (or let me say, the courage) to organise an ambush against troops on patrol; in fact, not just ambush, but ambushed and killed soldiers on patrol and abduct them, to the extent that soldiers are found killed and their bodies mutilated, is most unfortunate.
“In the North East, we found groups who have volunteered to provide support for soldiers, but they are under control. But where a militia group decides to constitute a threat to the security of all; we should not encourage it.
On whether the insurgency in the North-East will be eliminated before the May 29 handover date to a new government, the General said, “the Nigerian military has been given the mandate to do a job; to ensure that terrorism is nipped in the bud and that we are doing. It is not in my place to controvert the position of the authority.
According to him, the recent headway by the military in dislodging the insurgents and rescuing their captives has been a result of increased discipline among the soldiers, improved weapons, synergy among our soldiers, and with the neighbouring countries.
He said, in the past, when the terrorists were dislodged they found safe haven to hibernate in the neighbouring countries from where they return to cause more havoc. But with the recent synergy, the terrorists no longer have such hiding places.

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