-A group has hailed the Nigerian Army over its efforts to end the incessant killings across Nigeria
- A Middle Belt group said the Army has made commendable sacrifices to the country
- According to the group, efforts by the Army is crucial to ensuring that the entire country does not get plunged into the chaos that comes with food crisis
A Middle Belt group has commended the Nigerian Army for its contribution to ending the killings in various states across Nigeria.
The group, Middle Belt Rights Congress (MBRC), said the Nigerian Army has succeeded in rising above distractions and unnecessary comment to making sacrifices aimed at tackling the incessant killing in Nigeria especially the Middle Belt region.
Addressing journalists in Makurdi, Benue state capital city, the secretary of the group, Moses Ochapa, said the efforts by the Army is crucial to ensuring that the entire country does not get plunged into the chaos that comes with food crisis as most farming are affected by the carnage.
Ochapa said: "The latest breakthrough is the arrest of a militia herdsman, Idi Gemu by troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion deployed in operation MESA while on patrol to Adagu village in Guma local government area of Benue.
"The Army earlier arrested the coordinator, Benue State Livestock Guards, Aliyu Teshaku, who was revealed to be a Boko Haram operative and was coordinating all the attacks in Benue and environs based on political influence and conspiracy . Three other militia herdsmen have also been arrested and weapons recovered.
"The Middle Belt Rights Congress (MBRC) commends the Nigerian Army for rising above the distractions and unnecessary comments to embrace professionalism that has yielded the arrests of these high-profile killers and criminals. There is a remarkable improvement since the Army was drafted on ground and we are appreciative of the sacrifices.
"We commend the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai for being steadfast and not losing focus even amidst the barrage of attacks on the selfless Nigerian Army by people who do not want the killings in Benue and other states around it to end.
"We however urge the Nigerian Army to sustain the tempo of capturing the troublers of Nigeria's peace and bring them to justice. This is because we realize that several interests will contrive means of throwing the Nigerian Army and the COAS off balance so that they can buy time for the hired assassins to recover from the devastating blows that have been dealt on them."
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Nigerian Army had arrested the alleged mastermind of killings in Benue state.
Aminu Yaminu was arrested by troops of the 707 Special Forces Brigade, the Nigeria police and the Department of State Services.
The assistant director, Army public relations, Major Olabisi Ayeni, identified the arrested Boko Haram as Aminu Yaminu aka Tarshaku.
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