Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, has explained the establishment of Operation Rainbow, the state’s security task force.
He said the idea became necessary due to activities of insurgents in the state, a situation which according to him, threatened peace and development.
Speaking on Friday at the graduation of trainees of the outfit, the Governor urged them to use the self-defence and response techniques acquired during emergency situations.
“There is no doubt that the rate of violent crimes, terrorist attacks as well as natural catastrophes have increased. Nigerians have been experiencing the trauma of repeated violent attacks and bloodshed.
“Plateau State, in particular, has been at the centre of communal clashes. We have been through a series of crises, which led to senseless violence and bloodshed in recent times.
“Up till this moment, the rural communities are still attacked occasionally, while homes, farms and other valuables are burnt and destroyed”, he stated.
He recalled that when President Goodluck Jonathan approved the proposal to establish the apparatus, as the state’s Special Task Force on Peace and Security, there was high expectation that it would restore normalcy and peace to the state.
Jang, therefore, told the trainees that “as neighbourhood watch operatives, you are part of the arm through which Operation Rainbow hopes to extend its frontiers to every nook and cranny of the state.
“I fully support the vision and proposals, which led to your recruitment. I also identify with the ambitious training programmes for members”.
The Governor reminded them that the state had spent huge resources to give them the best training and prepare them as part of the state’s peace and security task force.
He urged them to put the knowledge acquired to work in their various communities.
In his remark, Coordinator of the outfit, Air Vice Marshal Bala Danbaba (rtd) denied insinuations that the outfit would be used to witch-hunt perceived opponents of the Jang administration.
One thousand individuals completed the training course, which was administered by the International Security Academy (ISA) of Israel.