Saturday, 21 April 2018

Defence headquarter Reacts to herdsmen link to Libya

The Defence Headquarters has disclosed that it
handed over 162 herdsmen to the police for
investigation into alleged ties that the suspects
may have with Libya.
The acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-
Gen. John Agim, was reacting to the recent
assertion by President Muhammadu Buhari that
the herdsmen had strong links with Libya and
were trained as hitmen by late Muammar
Gaddafi.
The DHQ, in its breakdown, said 147 herdsmen
were handed over to the Benue State Police
Command, while 15 were handed over to the
Taraba State Police Command since the
Operation Ayem Akpatuma started on February
15.
Agim told newsmen on Saturday that the troops
recovered guns and other weapons from the
herdsmen and locals in the ongoing military
exercise.
According to the military spokesman, many
analysts expect the troops to seize weapons
from the criminals, while not touching the
residents.
He added that such measures would be “unfair
because the military is in these two states and
they are supposed to keep the peace and not to
take sides with any faction.”

“We have handed over the suspects to the
police. The rest is for the police to find out. If I
start telling you whatever, I am doing the
police’s job. Before the herdsmen are taken to
court, the police would profile them
appropriately and know where they get their
training from.
“You must understand that the President of the
country has a helicopter view of the country. He
has a lot of information at his disposal. So,
wherever they (the herdsmen) come from, they
are causing havoc to our country and that is
very important to us. And that is what all of us
must fight to prevent.
“The President has disclosed this information
based on the intelligence at his disposal and
you cannot doubt that.”

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