A retired Military General and gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of People Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, Brigadier General John Sura (rtd) said the imposition of curfew is not a solution to crisis ridden situation saying that curfew has more collateral damage than resolving insecurity issues.
The retired Army General in a statement on Wednesday strongly condemned the recent chain of attacks that ravaged the serene and peaceful atmosphere of some parts of Plateau State, especially the killing at Yelwa-Zangam in Jos North local government area of the State which claimed the lives of about 35 persons.
“It was a shock again to receive the sad and unfortunate news on the 24th August, 2021 where the peaceful and innocent people of Yelwan Zangam community of Jos North Local Government were attacked which led to the loss of lives and properties. As a result, our grieving could no longer be comforted; seeing that our communities are fast becoming valleys of the shadows of death.
“Nevertheless, we remain a strong people whose unified purpose and security are found in the integrity of our history planted by our forefathers, which was able to attract many people from different parts of the country and the world to come and settle in our state. The safe, peaceful and heavenly atmosphere which hitherto characterized our communities must return to our land.
He frowned at the imposition of curfew in some local government areas of the state as a mean of arresting the pathetic situation adding that Plateau security problem must be fixed through different methods other than curfew.
According to him, this became necessary because curfew is known to restrict movement which leads to economy and commercial lock down, lock down of vigilante groups from keeping watch, deliberate movement/access for the terrorists to attack sleeping communities and more reprisal/ fresh attacks on sympathetic communities.
He said, “In this situation, curfew has more collateral damage than resolving insecurity issues. Government and security agencies should instead review their tactics with a view to resolving insecurity lapses.
” I therefore submit that the following strategies could resolve/minimize security breaches:
Tactical and unbiased directives to security personnel to engage in uncompromising surveillance to counter any intention or act of terror”
General Sura (rtd) therefore advised the State Government to convoke a traditional and community leaders’ meeting to direct them to maintain law and order, and to strategize and unite to take absolute control of any terrain that can be used as channels of attacks on their communities; and to report any likely breach of security.
He further implored the Government and security agencies to deploy intelligence gathering personnel to carry out surveillance and gather useful security information that will help to intercept and stop any incident from happening.
“The curfew pronouncements should not always come first. Rather, government should immediately intensify the deployment of security personnel to flash points to ensure the people’s safety and to restore peace and order in the time of the conflict. Though we are not there yet, amidst all this, we are sure to conquer and triumph over our security challenges” he declared.