A civil society groups under the aegis of Southern Kaduna Indigenous Peace Practitioners (SOKIPEP), have tasked locals to only provide genuine and credible information to the troops deployed to the area,saying the security personnel were finding it difficult to determine between genuine and false alarms.
The group made this known in a statement signed by Dr Dauda Fadia, its National Coordinator and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.
Fadia said that the situation of giving false information was not helpful to the security outfits in the area.
According to him, the military can bring the pockets of attacks in the area to an end if among other things credible information is promptly provided.
He insisted that it was time for the people to rise to the occasion and support the military and security agencies.
Fadia, while encouraging the military to continue to work towards the restoration of law and order in Southern Kaduna, observed that the inability of the troops to respond on time to some of the attacks witnessed in recent past in the area were attributable to the many false and non credible information to the military.
He noted that this had made the troops to dissipate their efforts in different directions as well as delayed the response to some actual attacks.
“We observed with dismay that sometimes, the military promptly respond to information given them by our people only to realise the information was fake.
“This is counter productive and not healthy for a people that want the security agencies to nib the crisis in their domain in the bud.”
He, therefore, condemned the remarks by some women protesters allegedly linking the military in the unfortunate and protracted situation.
“We as SOKIPEP, note with sadness the remarks made by some women protesters recently where they reportedly linked military personnel working in the area to the crisis.
“While we are not holding brief for the military, we wish to strongly state that contrary to the position of these few, Southern Kaduna is today enjoying some relative peace because of the relentless and ceaseless efforts of the military in securing our lives.
” The troops are usually seen in our villages at night on patrols working with the vigilante groups.
” These unfortunate remarks by the women to say the least, is premature and capable of weakening the morale of the military but also derailing their efforts to restore peace in Southern Kaduna.
He explained that its members who are mostly Southern Kaduna vigilante members are working closely with the security outfits on patrol and intelligence gathering in the area.
“Our members constitute most of the vigilante members and cut across the entire Southern Kaduna. we have been working closely with the military on patrol and sharing intelligence which have greatly reduced the number of attacks and even casualties.
We are also aware that they have prevented some attacks. The military men are really cooperating with us and I think we should support them to succeed instead of demoralizing them through our negative statements and false allegations,” he said.
He further called on the Southern Kaduna people to cooperate with security personnel so that together the crisis in the area woukd come to an end.