Massive Killings: Army Deploys Special Forces To Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba

By Ikenga Chronicles January 10, 2018

Massive Killings: Army Deploys Special Forces To Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Tuesday, said he had directed the deployment of special forces in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states to check persistent clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

According to him, the Nigerian Army would restore peace and order in the affected states so as to ensure adequate development of the agricultural sector and boost the country’s economy.

Buratai said this while receiving farm implements from the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, at the military ranch in Giri, Abuja.

He said, “We are asking our special forces brigade to ensure that they are deployed across the county at short notice to ensure they stem the menace between herdsmen and farmers. We are deploying properly across Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states, within the axis where we have such conflicts.

“This is to ensure that once there is peace and stability, it will be for the betterment of our country.”

On the Giri military ranch, Buratai said the facility had over 1,000 cattle and was one of the many sites across army formations in Nigeria.

He said the army had secured about 436 hectares of land in Nasarawa State for agricultural purpose, adding that soldiers across the country’s barracks now engage in various agricultural activities including poultry and horticulture.