Soldiers in south sudan
Soldiers in south sudan

Apparently in a move aimed at finding lasting solution to the recurring herdsmen attacks on some farming communities across Nigeria, the military high command and the leadership of Fulani herdsmen known as Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, met yesterday at the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, Abuja.
During the meeting, the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin said that the military and other security agencies would ensure that perpetrators of the heinous attacks were fished out and punished accordingly.
The CDS, who was represented by the DHQ director of administration, Maj-Gen. Fatai Ali, stressed that the military would not tolerate any group or persons that take up arms against the other.
The CDS assured that the military would implement the presidential directive, in which President Muhammadu Buhari directed him (CDS) and the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to go after the murderous herdsmen terrorising people in some parts of the country.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that Buhari gave the directive last week during the presentation of the book, ‘Who Will Love My Country: Ideas for Building a Nigeria of Our Dreams’ by deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu.
Represented by the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, the president asked the security chiefs to secure areas where the suspected killer herders are operating.
Buhari stated: “Let me use this platform to condemn in the strongest possible terms, the attack perpetrated on the Ukpabu Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani area of Enugu State on Monday. I deeply sympathise with all those who lost dear ones, as well as those who lost their properties in the attack. I have directed the Chief of Defence Staff and the Inspector-General of Police to secure all communities under attacks by herdsmen,” he said.
During the meeting, both the military and Miyetti Allah expressed concern over incessant attacks, as the CDS said he had constituted a committee that was empowered to interface with stakeholders.
“We call on all to shield their swords and embrace peace else the full wrath of the military will come down on these perpetrators. We are a responsible military and we respect the rules of engagement and our operation is in line with best international best practices.”
Speaking earlier, the leader of Miyetti Allah, Senator Kabir Alkali said his group welcomed Buhari’s crack down order on those attacking communities in recent weeks.
He lamented that millions of cows had been taken away by Boko Haram terrorists in troubled North-East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, stating that his group brought the list of grazing reserves and grazing routes that had been gazetted since 1886, and want the federal government to implement it.
Meanwhile, Nigerian Army said troops of 1 Division had killed two notorious cattle rustlers suspected to have killed seven persons in Bungundu Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The troops also conducted a clearance operation in Kuduru, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, in which they arrested five cattle rustlers, recovered arms and ammunitions and destroyed the armed bandits’ camps.
Acting director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement yesterday that the troops also arrested five wanted armed bandits and recovered arms and ammunitions from them, and thereafter destroyed their camps.
The army spokesman said the operation was targeted against cattle rustlers and armed bandits in Kaduna and Zamfara States, north western Nigeria.


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