5 September 2011
The army said yesterday that soldiers of the Special Task Force (STF) in Jos have been given orders to shoot on sight any one carrying or using arms as they press ahead with the task of restoring peace to volatile Plateau state.
The army said it has had enough of rampant shootings of its men by warring Christian and Muslim youths as soldiers move to intervene at times of crisis.
"The STF is now mandated to use all the necessary force within its powers on anybody carrying and using arms or dangerous weapons on another person," its spokesman said.
The spokesman Charles Ekeocha in a statement in Jos yesterday warned the youths against "testing the might of the soldiers", saying that whoever did that would be doing so at his or her peril.