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Senator Iroegbu in Otukpo
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said that the Nigerian Army will adjust the troops’ deployment in Agatu Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State to effectively tackle the crisis between the farmers and Fulani herdsmen.
He stated this on Saturday after meeting with some Army officials at the Agatu crisis operational and tactical command centre near Otukpo in Benue State.
The Army Chief who made findings about the level of security and troops’ deployment to maintain security in the area, also expressed displeasure at the loss of lives occasioned by the attacks.
He said that the Operational Commander informed him about the existence of criminal elements engaged in cattle rustling, and promised that the security agencies will deal with the situations.
“The crisis here is really unfortunate. The farmers and herdsmen fighting is really unfortunate. We have also heard from the commander of the existence of criminal elements who engage in cattle rustling,” he said.
Speaking further, the COAS said that the Army will vary its troops’ deployment on ground, which will be specifically targeted at dealing with the flashpoints.
He said: “We are putting measures to prevent it, we are trying to ensure that this crisis does not arise again.
“We have observed the deployment of the troops on ground. We are also adjusting our troops deployment to take care of areas of flashpoints and the likely areas where these criminals are hiding.”
Buratai promised to provide the required logistics and welfare for the Nigerian Army to carry out their constitutional mandate of maintaining peace and security in the state.
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