Agatu killingTroops will be deployed to quell the lingering Fulani herdsmen attacks on Agatu communities in Benue with a view to restoring peace in the area.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, who stated this when he visited military tactical operational base, near Otukpo in Benue, was optimistic that the prevalence of insecurity in Agatu would be brought under control.
The Army Chief said all logistics and other requirements have been provided for the operation and assured that fleeing members of the various communities would soon return to home to continue with their normal daily routine.
The Army Chief, who met with operation commanders on measures adopted to contain the crisis in the area, embarked on the visit a week following a Presidential directive that the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, should look into the incessant raids of homes and farmlands by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
“The crisis here is unfortunate, the farmers and herdsmen fighting must not be condoned. I have heard from the commander about the existence of criminal elements who engage in cattle rustling.
“We have observed the deployment of troops on ground, we are adjusting our troops deployment to take care of the flashpoints and likely areas where the criminals are hiding,’’ he said.
Buratai said measures had been adopted to ensure that the clashes did not repeat and the people return to their settlements and noted that the troops were cooperating with other security agencies to restore peace and order in the area.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday recalls that the most recent attacks on the Agatu community led to the death of 300 persons, while several villages and homes were burnt. Farmlands in particular and any other thing of economic value were wantonly destroyed.


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