Herdsmen: Nigeria Police force deploy officers to affected states

The Nigeria Police Force on its part to put an end to the menace of the Fulani herdsmen, had deployed undercover operatives in many states of the federation to stop the menace.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, who stated this in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, did not mention the names of the affected states.

He, however, said the police were unable to completely disarm the herdsmen on account of their nomadic lifestyle.

He said, “The herdsmen move from one place to another, so when you talk of disarming, it means they are in a place where you can disarm them, but these herdsmen move from place to place.

“For those we have arrested, we have taken away their arms and they are being tried for unlawful possession of arms and for involvement in loss of lives.”

Moshood said the force is prosecuting many herdsmen involved in violent attacks in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna and Enugu states, but declined to give the number of those on trial.

“To a very large extent, we have curtailed it (herdsmen attacks), but that does not mean one or two isolated cases that occurred are not being addressed.

“We have deployed special intervention forces in all these areas. I may not be able to tell you the states we have special intervention forces because they are engaging in some covert operations.

“I can’t tell you the number of those being prosecuted, but we are prosecuting suspects in Enugu, Benue, Taraba and we have recovered a huge array of arms from them and the states governments are equally assisting the police.”

Moshood added that the agency was collaborating with the Nigeria Immigration Service and the committee on eradication of light and small arms to curb the influx of armed herdsmen and the proliferation of weapons in the country.

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