Kidnapping, herdsmen and farmers’ clashes worse than insurgency - Dan-Ali

Kidnapping, herdsmen and farmers’ clashes worse than insurgency - Dan-Ali

- The defence minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, describes kidnapping and cattle rustling as worse than insurgency

- Dan-Ali tasks the Nigerian military to be guided by the rules of engagement in their daily activities

- The minister also tasks the media to ensure they are guided by professional ethics

The defence minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, has described kidnapping, cattle rustling and farmers and herders clashes as currently worse than the insurgency being experienced in the north east part of the country.

Dan-Ali reportedly said this at the opening ceremony of the national workshop on civil military relations and the media which held in Kaduna on Thursday, March 22.

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The minister argued that that armed conflict situations often present fertile ground for friction between the military and the media.

Daily Trust quoted him as saying these security threats call for increased inter-security agency collaboration in the area of intelligence information sharing and effective collaboration with the media to turn the tide against criminal elements.

“Until crime and criminality rates are greatly reduced to the barest minimum, the hope of creating the enabling environment required to attract foreign investors and increase national revenue generation will continue to remain a mirage,” he said.

The minister tasked the military to remain conscious of the law at all times and be guided by the rules of engagement.

He further tasked the media to be guided by their professional ethics. earlier reported how attacks by armed bandits in the Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state recently caused many villagers to abandon their houses and farm lands.

The villagers fled from Kamfanin Doka, Goron Dutse, Irirori, Layin Mai Gwari and Kungi villages to Birnin Gwari town.

It also reported how a renowned Kano-based Quranic reciter, Sheikh Ahmad Sulaiman, and five other persons were recently kidnapped in Katsina state.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Katsina state command, SP Gambo Isa, confirmed the abduction to newsmen on Friday in Katsina. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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