By Paul Obi in Abuja
Following the incessant cases of killings involving Fulani herdsmen and locals in the North-central and part of Adamawa State, North-east, the Nigerian Army Wednesday deployed troops in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Kogi, Niger States and others to quell the killings.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja Wednesday, the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army, Major General David Ahmadu, said: “The army plans to conduct Exercise Ayem Akpatuma in 1 and 3 Divisions including HQ CAR, Gds Bde and 707 SF Bde Areas of Responsibility, covering (Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states) from Thursday, 15 February to Saturday, 31 March 2018.
“You may recall that last year, the Nigerian Army conducted several training activities for its personnel in different geopolitical zones of the country, in line with its constitutional role in aid of civil authority.”
Ahmadu stated that “Exercise Ayem Akpatuma” has become more expedient due to the upsurge in cases of banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in Kaduna and Niger States as well as other sundry crimes in Kogi State and herdsmen/farmers clashes and attacks on innocent members of our communities particularly in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa States by armed militias.
“These security challenges have continued unabatedly in these states despite the efforts by sister security agencies to curb them,” he said.