Nigerian Army troops of Sector 1 Sub-Sector A, stationed at Yelwata while on routine patrol detained 10 herdsmen that were destroying farmlands at Tse-Tigir and Tse-Ndugh villages in Benue.
The effort of the Nigerian Army to catch these criminals and secure farmlands in Benue State and its environment in the ongoing Exercise Ayem Akpatuma is bringing tremendous result as troops of Sector 1 Sub-Sector A, stationed at Yelwata, while on their routine patrol detained 10 herdsmen destroying farmland at Tse-Tigir and Tse-Ndugh villages on Monday.
While they were destroying the farmland the herdsmen saw the troops and they all ran into the Bush. The determine troops pursued and detained all of them.
Items that were recovered were five motorcycles, two machetes, some assorted charms and N120,000. Suspects and items were handed over to the Nigerian Police for further necessary action.
The Nigerian Army said in a statement by its spokesman, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, that it is determined to catch criminals and recover arms and ammunition used in killing innocent citizens, adding:
“Therefore the public is please requested to cooperate and support the Army in the ongoing exercise.”
The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has disclosed the real cause of Boko Haram insurgency and herdsmen/farmers’ clashes in the country.
The lawmaker attributed the menace to the depletion of natural resource, disrespect for human rights and the rule of law.
He said the factors were major setbacks to prosperity, peace, security and sustainable development in the Commonwealth.
The lawmaker said these in London on Monday in his speech at the opening session of the inaugural Commonwealth Parliamentarians’ Forum, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting scheduled to hold in the British capital in April.
According to him, the protracted Boko Haram insurgency and herdsmen/ farmers’ crisis were “practical examples of how natural resource depletion and inequality adversely affect security and prosperity.”