Herdsmen’s Attacks: FG Orders Forces to Crush Security Threats

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•Tasks officers on crises management

Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Federal Government has ordered all security agencies in the country to crush and deter all crises that have the potential to breach the peace and national stability in response to the growing herdsmen attacks and other waves of communal conflicts and other clashes in some parts of the country.

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, gave this directive on Tuesday in Abuja at a seminar on “Media Management in Crisis Situation” for Information Officers of the Military, Security and Response Agencies”, organised by the Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) with support from the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) as well as the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP).

He restated that while the government’s first priority is to ensure the security of lives and property of the citizenry, all socio-economic activities in the country must continue to thrive without any hindrance from criminal elements and terrorists.

Dan-Ali said: “All security agencies in Nigeria have been called upon to crush and deter the threats of crisis and conflicts that have potential to disrupt peace and security of our country.

“Our security and response agencies are constantly engaged in the essential tasks required for meeting the internal security objectives of ensuring safety and security of Nigeria’s territorial integrity, its population and all the critical infrastructures. Our government will not relent in this primary objective.”

The minister added that the government would continue to acknowledge the sustained efforts of the various military, security and response agencies who in spite of all odds are constantly and significantly mitigating the challenges and consequences of violent eruptions and crisis across the country.

He pledged continued support for all the agencies particularly those battling insurgency in the North East so that they can effectively deliver on their mandate.

On crisis management, Dan-Ali tasked information officers of the various agencies to be patriotic and professional in the discharge of their duties.

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