- The chief of Army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has said that there will be more military presence in the riverine areas of Benue state
- Tukur said that this move by the Army was in a bid to stem the tide of rampant killing in the state
- He said this at the end of his tour round the state recently
In a bid to curb the the growing trend of rampant killings especially in the riverine areas of Benue by armed herdsmen, the Defence Headquarters of the Nigerian Army has concluded plans to deploy boats on Benue waterways to check the activities of the marauders.
Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the chief of Army staff, who made this known in the Logo local government area of the state at the end of his tour of some communities plagued by herdsmen crisis in the state, said the army was already deploying and positioning sufficient soldiers to closely watch over the communities, the Vanguard reports.
Buratai: “We are increasing troops to be deployed to cover the area. You know, that place (Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states have a common border) is sort of where the three states converged, they have a common boundary.
“So, it is very important for us to look at it and see how we can further reinforce troops and the mobility on the water is also critical which we are also looking into.
“Already, there is a planning committee on the ground from the Defence Headquarters, which is working on this and there are a lot of boats that have been brought in for deployment on the waters.
“So the people should be rest assured that the place will further be safe for them to go back to their farms and be rest assured there is security for them.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Nigerian army troop, 707 Special Forces Brigade, on Tuesday, February 6, arrested two armed herdsmen along Gbajimba – Iyiodeh road in Guma local government area of the state.
The suspects were arrested while reportedly converging to destroy a fish farm belonging to Governor Samuel Ortom.
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