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HERDSMEN ATTACKS.......NEC Approves use of Military Force

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The National Economic Council (NEC), on Thursday, February 15, reportedly approved the use of military force to flush out bandits whose alleged activities have been linked to the clashes between herdsmen and farmers across the country. 

Daily Trust reports that the governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abubakar, briefed State House correspondents after the NEC meeting which was chaired by the nation’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo. The governor said the military was expected to comb forests and other places suspected to be the criminals' hideouts. 

The NEC also called for engagements with traditional leaders in communities to ensure peace. According to Governor Abubakar, the committee also recommended that an Agro Rangers Corps be trained to provide security around ranches, livestock production centers and grazing routes. Abubakar explained that the committee noted that the land use laws and regulations invest the states with the power over land titles and use. 

He explained that Yemi Osinbajo assured the federal government would not impose any solutions to the crisis on state governments. Governor Abubakar revealed that Osinbajo told the council that President Mohammed Buhari approved the formation of a committee to look into the issue of rebuilding affected communities and providing welfare and other facilities as may be considered appropriated. 

The committee is headed by Osinbajo. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state on Wednesday, February 14, accused the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, of bias in the handling of the herdsmen, farmers crisis in the state when he appeared before the Senate committee on police affairs. The meeting was reportedly held behind closed doors after the opening speech by the chairman of the committee, Senator Abu Ibrahim.

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