Agatu killings: Army to adjust troop deployment in Benue


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 in Benue State.

Buratai, who said this during his visit to a military tactical operational base near Otukpo at the weekend expressed confidence that the mayhem would be contained.

According to him, all logistics and other requirements have been provided for the operation.

“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.

Buratai 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.

The Army chief met with operation commanders on measures adopted to contain the crisis.

Governor Samuel Ortom also spoke shortly after he met with Buratai, noting that military and police surveillance had intensified in the affected areas. According to Ortom, Buratai assured him that more troops would be deployed to the state to complement the ones already on ground if the need arises, adding that security had also been beefed up in the waterways within and around the state.

The governor expressed confidence in the current security measures by the federal and state governments to prevent further clashes between the herders and farmers in Agatu and other parts of the state.

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