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Military move to end farmers-herdsmen clash


Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin PHOTO: NAN

Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin PHOTO: NAN

In a bid to end the persistent farmer-herdsmen clashes in several parts of the country, the leadership of the Nigerian Armed Force has initiated a military effort codenamed Operation Accord, to stem the tide.

This was made known yesterday in Abuja by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Gabriel Olonisakin when he received the acting Inspector General of Police (agIGP) in his office. Olonisakin said the committee set up by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has already visited some of the affected areas and communities seen as flashpoints in the spate of attacks and according to him, they have an idea on how action would be implemented.

Olonisakin said the troops set aside for the exercise are already being trained to be able to operate in difficult terrains.Acting IGP Ibrahim Idris earlier in his remarks stated that the military and the police force must at all times collaborate to be on top of any†security challenges that may surface in any part of the country.

While requesting for military assistance in the training of the Nigeria police marine unit to enhance security operations in the Niger Delta region, Idris said with the restoration of order and the need to institute civil authority in some of the recovered territories local councils in the North east, the police have taken over the responsibility of providing security in nine local government areas in the north eastern part of the country.

Explaining that although the police has been briefed to take over 19 local government areas, only 9 have been taken over, saying the delay in deployment to the other ten may be due to military exigencies.†Calling for improved synergy between military and police, he said joint operations between both parties would go a long way to strengthen and secure the states.

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