MILITARY TO LAUNCH OPERATION ACCORD TO BATTLE FARMERS/CATTLE HERDSMEN CLASHES

THE Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, has disclosed that the armed force is preparing to launch Operation Accord to tackle the incessant armed bandits in the recent spate of farmers and cattle herders’ clashes in the country.

He spoke in Abuja on Friday when he received the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).

Olonisakin said already, a committee set up by the DHQ has visited some flash points of recent clashes ‎in the country to access the situation while troops were being trained to operate in all terrains.‎

Earlier, the acting IGP said the military and the police must collaborate to stay ahead of security challenges in the country.

He sought for assistance in the training of the Nigeria police marine unit to enhance security operations in the Niger Delta region, noting that the police have taken over the responsibility of providing security in nine local government areas in the north eastern part of the country.

According to him, the police was briefed to take over 19 local government areas, but hinted that only nine has been taken over, as the delay in deployment to the other 10 may be due to military exigencies.

Idris proposed a joint operations command to coordinate all security operations in the states.

THE Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, has disclosed that the armed force is preparing to launch Operation Accord to tackle the incessant armed bandits in the recent spate of farmers and cattle herders’ clashes in the country.

He spoke in Abuja on Friday when he received the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).

Olonisakin said already, a committee set up by the DHQ has visited some flash points of recent clashes ‎in the country to access the situation while troops were being trained to operate in all terrains.‎

Earlier, the acting IGP said the military and the police must collaborate to stay ahead of security challenges in the country.

He sought for assistance in the training of the Nigeria police marine unit to enhance security operations in the Niger Delta region, noting that the police have taken over the responsibility of providing security in nine local government areas in the north eastern part of the country.

According to him, the police was briefed to take over 19 local government areas, but hinted that only nine has been taken over, as the delay in deployment to the other 10 may be due to military exigencies.

Idris proposed a joint operations command to coordinate all security operations in the state.

BY: CHRIS AGBAMBU – ABUJA

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