The Oasis Reporters
July 24, 2018
By Moses Gbande, Jos
The Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Plateau State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin and the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai to reverse with immediate effect, the transfer of the award winning Operation Safe Haven Commander, Gen. Atolagbe.
The party leadership in a press statement signed by the chairman, Ambassador Nanyah Damian says the party received the news of the transfer of the Commander of the Operation Safe Haven, Gen. AM Atolagbe with total shock, disappointment and utter suspicion.
“The ADP Plateau State joins lovers of peace and development to call on the President, Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin and the Chief of Army Staff Gen. Tukur Buratai to reverse with immediate effect the transfer of the award winning Operation Safe Haven Commander, Gen. Atolagbe and ensure the arrest of perpetrators of genocide against the people of Barkin-Ladi, Riyom, Mangu, Bokkos, Bassa and environs, a feat that has never been achieved by anyone since the killings in the Middle Belt regions and Nigeria at large stated”.
It is on record that Gen. Atolagbe reduced the killings in Bassa LGA when he arrested the major sponsor of the dastardly acts using modern technology from his service and experience at the United Nations where he served for twenty-Seven years out of his thirty years service in the Nigerian army. Like the professional soldier that he is, Gen. Atolagbe relocated to Barkin-Ladi LGA after the massacre of the 23rd and 24th of June which led to the arrest of an initial eleven Fulani Herdsmen terrorists involved in the genocide who were paraded after exhaustive investigation which revealed the conspiracy and complicity of the high and mighty in this government.
“His effort also in using personal security gadget he bought with his hard earned resources in order to save lives and properties, led to the arrest of another seven Fulani herdsmen terrorists on their way to unleash another terror and killing of Plateau people in Barkin-Ladi and Riyom LGA’s.
“Due to his relentless efforts and commitment to put a stop to the massacre in Plateau State, another set of seven Fulani herdsmen terrorists including their major financier where apprehended and paraded, thus bringing the total number of high profile Fulani Herdsmen killers to twenty-five arrested in the span of just one month.
” It is thus, astonishing and vexatious the punitive posting rather than accolades and promotion medal to Gen. Atolagbe who has done what no Nigerian General has achieved since 2001 when killings in Plateau took a frightening dimension.
“The ADP Plateau State frowns at the posting away of the STF Commander especially because of the fact that it had been predicted earlier that because of the arrests of the fulani herdsmen terrorists and the relative peace achieved, the enemies of Plateau in Aso Rock, Defense heads and the military high command will remove the professional general. It is very unfortunate that the boasting of Fulani herdsmen and their sponsors in Aso Rock and DHQ that the STF Commander will be removed because he refused to transfer the arrested Fulani herdsmen terrorists to Abuja to be freed like in time past, has come to pass.
“The ADP Plateau is crying for justice for a man of justice who used his resources to get and use advanced fingerprints technology on the bullet casings used by the Fulani Herdsmen terrorists to arrest the twenty-five terrorists who mowed and killed 250 innocent women, Children and men in Barkin-Ladi, Riyom, and environs. What a country? Where the evil is rewarded and the good is reprimanded? Is it most disheartening for Gen. Bello who has spent seven years in Plateau to be applauded while the one working tirelessly to stop the killings and bring back peace on the Plateau is punished by an unholy transfer?
“We feel the transfer of Gen. Atolagbe will frustrate the prosecution of the twenty-five Fulani herdsmen terrorists and return Plateau to the killing fields of old”.