The Defence Headquarters has announced the beginning of “major military operations in Benue,Nasarawa and Plateau” states.
Director of Defence Information,Major General Chris Olukolade said in a statement Monday that “The Nigerian Army yesterday commenced a major operation to put an end to the activities of all armed men and criminal gangs who have been engaging in wanton killing and destruction of lives and property in 3 states of North Central part of Nigeria.
He specifically said “Troops have already been deployed for a major offensive which is covering Benue, Nassarawa and Plateau States.
“The Internal Security Operations is meant to capture and neutralize all the enclaves of criminal gangs. The Nigerian Air Force, Police and other security agencies are also participating in the operation designed to restore peace in the affected states” ,the defence spokesman said.
“Law abiding citizens are enjoined to cooperate by providing timely and useful information to facilitate the operation as it affects their localities” Olukolade said.
Ethno-religious crises in Plateau and Nasarawa states have been intractable for years.These have been compounded by the rise of attacks by herdsmen in Benue and some other parts of the North.Even Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State whose convoy came under attack recently said these rampaging herdsmen are not the Fulani Nigerians know.