The special military task force responsible for maintaining security in Plateau State, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) has debunked online reports linking its men to the recent dehumanising torture of a 14-year old boy identified as Anas Usaini yaro, in Bisichi area of Barkin Ladi Local Government Council of the state.
In a statement issued by its Media Officer, Major Ibrahim Shittu, OPSH explained that Anas was a victim of mob attack, saying its men did not only rescue him from being lynched by the mob but also took him to a hospital for treatment.
OPSH urged the general public to discountenance the report in its entirety, insisting that it was not only false but also misleading.
“We wish to set the record straight that contrary to online reports that the troops of Operation Safe Haven Sector 4 tortured one 14 years old Anas at Bisichi Area of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State ,investigation revealed that, the victim was attacked by A mob.
“This followed earlier incident of sporadic gunshots at Bisichi Area on June 5, 2020 that resulted to one Aminu Mohammed sustaining gunshots wound from a stray bullet.
“Agitated youths lynched Anas Usaini before troops of Operation Safe Haven deployed at Bisichi Area Command swiftly rescued him following a tip-off from members of the vigilante group .
“The Sector 4 Commander then ordered that he should be taken to the hospital immediately for medical attention.
“Members of the public are requested to disregard the false allegation as OPSH will continue to discharge its mandate professionally”, he stated.