DHQ refutes media reports on killing in Dogara’s House

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Defence Headquarters on Saturday denied media reports that soldiers attached to the Special Task (STF) Force, “Operation SAFE HAVEN” (OPSH), killed 4 members of the community and dumped their bodies in surrounding Dams in the area during an attempt to stop hoodlums from looting the residence of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara.

In a statement, Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, said troops arrived at the residence and apprehended a total number of 30 looters.

He added that a total of 114 hoodlums comprising 21 females and 93 males were apprehended for looting.

Recall that Headquarters “Operation SAFE HAVEN” paraded the suspects before the press, and this was widely reported in various main stream and online media.

Enenche said the story was a malicious and mischievous publication against the Nigerian Military and “Operation SAFE HAVEN” in particular, that had commendably fostered peace in Plateau State.

“Guided by extant Rules of Engagement and Standing Operating Procedures for such situations, the highly professional troops arrived at the residence and apprehended a total number of 30 looters.

“Additionally, a total of 114 hoodlums comprising 21 females and 93 males were apprehended for looting. Recall that Headquarters “Operation SAFE HAVEN” paraded the suspects before the press, and this was widely reported in various main stream and online media.

“It is worthy to mention that the timely intervention of our troops at the residence of the former Speaker ensured that the situation was nipped in the bud.

“It is also worthy of mention that on 26 October 2020, 41 suspected hoodlums comprising 6 females and 35 males were arrested and thereafter released after profiling. One therefore wonders where there was shooting for a situation that was managed professionally to bring the situation under control, “he said.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, commended the highly professional troops of “Operation SAFE HAVEN” for their dedication to duty.

He assured members of the public of their safety and encouraged them to go about their lawful activities without any fear.

Enenche also advised Media organisations to verify their facts before rushing to publish untrue and unverified stories.

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