How soldiers fuelled Jos crisis

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Despite buck-passing between the Plateau State government and the military over the attack on some villages in Jos South local government in Plateau State, it is obvious the military has been enmeshed in controversy since it took over the maintenance of law and order in Jos and environs.

From the onset, when the federal government asked the military to take over the security of Jos from the police, it was widely believed that the action was taken to satisfy certain sections of the society, which had accused the police of taking sides in the civil unrest in the state.

The power of the state governor, Jonah Jang, a retired Air Commodore, was seen as being eroded by the coming of the military by his supporters but hailed by others who felt he was not doing enough to satisfy all sections of the society.
Whether by omission or by intention, the action and inaction of the military and even the joint task force, which later took over the entire security system, has justified the position of a section of the society that the military was not meant to be an impartial umpire in the imbroglio.

The perception thus made various groups to call on the federal government to remove the military boys from the streets of Jos, so that they do not overstay their welcome.
Few days after the soldiers took over, it was widely reported that a man was shot in front of his house during the curfew hours in Tudun Wada, a Christian-dominated area.
In the same area, many more atrocities involving the clash between military and civilians have been reported. The latest being the open fire to disperse some civilians, who had reportedly arrested some soldiers in a vehicle with cows.
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