The Military task force responsible for the maintenance of peace in Plateau State, codenamed Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) has banned Eid El Maulud procession in the State.
The OPSH said troops have been directed to ensure that no group organises any form of procession during the aforementioned period.
This was contained in a press statement by the Spokesman of the Military task force, Major Ishaku Takwa and made available to journalists in Jos, the State capital.
It reads: “Operation Safe Haven has noted the arrangement by some Muslim Youths on the Plateau to hold a procession to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad SAW (PbuH) on Tuesday, 19 October 2021.
According to the statement, “Information received also indicated that the procession is organised without the knowledge of Jamaatul Nasir Islam (JNI), security agencies and the Plateau state government.
OPSH, however, said, “While felicitating with the entire Muslim ummah on the birth of Prophet Muhammad SAW (PbuH) and recognising the right to such processions under different circumstances, it is, however, expedient to state that the fragile peace on the Plateau does not present a conducive atmosphere for any form of procession at the moment.
“Further to this, Operation Safe Haven, therefore, wishes to draw the attention of the youths and members of the public on the ban of any kind of protest and procession in force in the state.
“The Military task force encourages Muslim faithfuls to observe the Maulud without any form of procession.”
The statement further reads, “the Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Major General Ibrahim Ali has directed troops to ensure that no group organises any form of procession during the period of the Maulud.
“Operation Safe Haven is working assiduously with the Plateau State government, critical stake holders such as traditional rulers, religious leaders and law abiding citizens to ensure peaceful co-existence. To live together, we must live in peace with one another,” the Media Officer stressed.