Army Deploys Troops To End Agatu Killings

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai says the Army will adjust deployment of troops as part of measures to end the killings in Agatu communities in Benue State as a result of clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

Speaking during his visit to a military tactical operational base, near Otukpo in Benue State, Buratai expressed confidence that the violence will be contained. According to him, all logistics needed for the operation have been provided.

“The crisis here is unfortunate, the farmers and herdsmen fighting must not be condoned. I have heard from the commander about the existence of criminal elements who engage in cattle rustling.

“We have observed the deployment of troops on ground, we are adjusting our troops deployment to take care of the flashpoints and likely areas where the criminals are hiding,” he said.

The Army chief said measures had been adopted to ensure that the clashes did not repeat and the people return to their settlements.

He noted that the troops were cooperating with other security agencies to restore peace and order in the area.

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