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  • 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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