- Lt Gen Yusuf Buratai said the army is working on the security of the country
- He said it is collaborating with other security operatives to end the killings
- The army spokesperson said it is working to end terrorism too
The chief of army staff, Lt Gen Yusuf Buratai, has said that the army is ready to collaborate with other security operatives to clamp down on bandits and miscreants hiding in Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state causing social unrest.
Daily Trust reports that Buratai spoke on Thursday, May 17, after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the operations of the army.
He said: “We will continue to cooperate along with other security agencies that are charged with the responsibility of securing our country and the deployment of a unit there is quite strategic, it is in line with the Nigerian Army order of battle that was approved in 2016.
“We have to implement all of them to achieve the strategic objective of the government. This is essentially why we have to put the battalion there and to work with other security agencies.”
He explained that Operation Last Hold by troops which is ongoing will consolidate in the fight against insurgency.
Meanwhile, the federal government has stated that there is not enough military manpower available to be deployed to secure every village in the Middle Belt in order to stop incessant killings in the region, occasioned by the clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
The government made the disclosure on Thursday, May 17, at a town hall meeting in Abuja on the farmers and herders’ clashes, which was attended by the minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; minister of agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbeh; and the minister of interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the government further disclosed that the rampant killings were caused by the inflow of weapons into the country, via the trans-Saharan routes.
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