Governor Abdullahi Sule, of Nasarawa State and his Benue counterpart, Samuel Ortom, have appealed to the Federal Government to sustain the military operation code-named: ‘Operation Whirl Stroke’, to guarantee full restoration of peace in the region.
They made the appeal at a joint security meeting in Lafia, following tensions arising from the federal government’s decision to withdraw the military involved in the security operation covering Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states.
According to the Governors, sustaining the military operation for at least another two years would ensure the full restoration of peace as well as flushing out all criminal elements operating in the region.
Sule, in his submission, noted that there had not been any serious security breach since the announcement for the withdrawal of the military. He however said that there was tension and fear, especially in the border communities, with residents leaving their homes.
On his part, Ortom wants the federal government to reconsider its decision on the withdrawal of the military, saying that peace is yet to be fully restored to the various communities. He added that most of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs from last year’s attack in Benue were yet to be fully returned to their homes.