Nigerian Military Set to Launch Joint Operation Against Herdsmen
Nigerian Military is set to launch a joint operation to combat the rising attacks by violent herdsmen who’ve been terrorizing communities nationwide with guns and daggers, Punch reports.
According to Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, the operation would be similar to those against Boko Haram insurgents and Niger Delta militants.
“The ideas of joint operation will always be there because it is a common knowledge that it is not a one service business. It must involve all other security agencies.
“Each and every one of us has a role to play: physical security, giving information, synergising with other stakeholders. That is what we are doing in the North-East and the Niger Delta and other parts. It would involve not only the military.
“The current resurgence of this issue of herdsmen is something which must be given a priority now that there is a glaring security threats to lives and property which the Armed Forces and other security agencies cannot close their eyes to.
“All efforts are now on towards ensuring that there is security of lives and property in the general area where such activities of herdsmen are being carried out.
“Just of recent, the President has given us a directive and it is something which we must comply with and in other cases, we deploy our men through operations such as the one against cattle rustling, Operation Sharandaji, which is to ensure that no herdsmen involved in criminal activities are spared.”