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Herdsmen crisis: FG deploys 1600 NSCDC men to protect cattle ranches

Herdsmen crisis: FG deploys 1600 NSCDC men to protect cattle ranches

- The presidency has taken a proactive step to protect cattle ranches in Zamfara by launching an agro rangers program of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC)

- General Adamu Soja, the officer in charge of the command in the state said about 1600 personnels of the command would be deployed to secure agricultural businesses in the state

- He said the exercise will need logistics and ammunition among other things

The federal government has officially launched agro rangers program or unit of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), in Tsafe local government area of Zamfara state with a view to ending farmers-herders crisis.

The officer in charge of the unit at the NSCDC Commandant General Adamu Soja said about 1600 personnels of the command would be deployed to give protection to the critical agricultural investments and to secure ranches against cattle rustlers, Daily Trust reports.

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He added: "In this exercise we critically need logistics such as vehicles, ammunition and many other things that will aid our activities so that we succeed in delivering what is expected of us."

The personnel would be using horses other than vehicles and are specially trained in that regard and they would ride horses where motor vehicles cannot access. The officers would be there to protect farmlands.

He said after the formal launch in Zamfara they would move to Kaduna, Niger, Taraba, Kogi and Nassarawa states. Soja added that it is an opportunity for all citizens and foreigners who are willing to invest to present their application to the unit so that adequate security would be provided to their investments.

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David Abi, the commandant of the NSCDC in the state, said the federal government gave the corps additional mandate in view of the prevalent crisis among farmers and herdsmen to set up a special unit called Agro Rangers whose job would be to protect ranches against cattle rustlers to bring about lasting peace.

Abi said: "It is remarkable for NSCDC in Zamfara state because out of the 500 personnel on arms training here, 100 of them have been set aside to commence the Agro Rangers Unit of the NSCDC Zamfara state Command."

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on Thursday, February 8, it had been mandated to provide special security for the federal government’s proposed cattle colonies, expressing its resolve to discharge its mandate creditably.

Legit.ng gathered that the commandant general of the command, Abdullahi Muhammadu Gana, stated this at the decoration of 57 of its newly promoted 3,983 staff in Abuja.

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