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Army establishes operations base in Southern Kaduna

By Hendrix Oliomogbe, Asaba   |   06 February 2017   |   3:32 am

Chief of Army Staff, Gen. T. Y. Buratai

• Fulani herdsmen to get identity cards

The Nigerian Army has established a base in Southern Kaduna with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai laying the foundation stone of the Forward Operation Base (FOB) of 2 Battalion in Zango Kataf Local Government Council at the weekend.

According to reports by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Buratai stressed the need to find lasting solution to frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the area necessitated the setting up of the base.

The army boss urged Nigerians to learn to co-exist peacefully, adding: “we need each other.”During a courtesy visit to the Emir of Jama’a, Alhaji Muhammadu Isa Muhammadu, Buratai directed troops in Southern Kaduna to move deep into the forest to fish out perpetrators of violence in the state.

He also visited the Chief of Kagoro, Dr. Ufuwoi Bonet and Ninte Village, where he appealed to the monarchs to assist in finding solution to the crisis in the area.

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai observed that 11 clashes had been recorded in the state and vowed to put an end to it.El-Rufai said all those behind the recent farmers and herdsmen crisis would be brought to book, no matter how highly placed.

And in Delta State, determined to check herdsmen and farmers clash, the Secretary General of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association (GAFDAN) has vowed to identify genuine Fulani herdsmen with a view to stamp out those causing troubles in various communities.

Alhaji Sale Bayeri, the Secretary General of GAFDAN, a newly registered body, which co-ordinates the activities of Fulani cattle rearers nationwide, disclosed that identity cards would be issued to herdsmen so as to determine the true and real herdsmen.

Bayeri, who was in Delta and Imo states at the weekend for a meeting with the police and Department of State Services (DSS) to discuss security, insisted that all genuine herdsmen in the state were being issued with identity cards, which they can tender before security men or authority when the need arises.


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Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai


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