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Why Soldiers has not been deployed to Benue, Taraba States – Army

by on January 30, 2018
 

The Defence Headquarters, Abuja, on Monday, said no troop had been deployed in Benue and other states as recommended by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s committee on herdsmen crisis.

The Defence Director of Information, Brig-Gen John Agim, said the police were on the ground in the states, stressing that the military were the “last line of defence.”

The Osinbajo committee, which was set up by the National Economic Council to find lasting panacea to the killings by herdsmen across the country, recommended increased military presence in Benue and other states affected by the attacks.

But Agim said the decision had not been communicated to the military.

He said, “The report just came out. They (the troops) have not moved in. You will recall that the Federal Government asked the Inspector-General of Police to move into Benue State. I have seen the report that the military are going to be given more roles; but that was just yesterday.

“There is a laid down rule and regulation. The military are the last line of defence. We cannot become the police. It is only when the police go in and they find it difficult that we move in. In a normal situation, the state governor will ask the President, who will take the request to the National Assembly before military is deployed.”

 

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  • BENUE PIKIN
    January 30, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    We’re these army the last line of action when it was IPOB’s case? No one is a fool, we are all aware of what’s going on

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  • BENUE PIKIN
    January 30, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Were these army the last line of action when it was IPOB’s case? No one is a fool, we are all aware of what’s going on.the president should clearly tell us that he can’t take action against his brothers (Foolani). He quickly declared IPOB a terrorist group but can’t declare the Fulanis while they are the main terrorists in the country. Now, every state is asked to handle Fulani issue the way they can, that’s survival of the fittest

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