“Suspected Armed Herdsmen Seriously Mobilising Members,” Group Raises Alarm
- The Nigerian military has been urged to take proactive measure against criminal elements in the country
- This call was made by a Civil society organization, Centre for Peace and Justice Initiative (CPJI) recently
- According to the group, some herdsmen have started mobilising their members to cause trouble in the country
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A civil society organization, Centre for Peace and Justice Initiative (CPJI) has charged the Nigeria military particularly the Nigeria Air force and other security outfits in the country to be decisive in dealing with security threats around the country.
The CSO while reacting to reports of a blast in Doma community, at the border between Benue and Nasarawa States that led to the killing of about 30 persons also urged Nigerians to refrain from accusing the military of complacency anytime there is a breach in security operations.
According to the group, available intelligence shows that there are clandestine plots to cause crises around the country with the aim of thwarting the 2023 general elections. Consequently, it is expected that security agencies must be decisive in quelling such threats, the group said in a statement made available to Legit.ng.
Recall that there have been allegations and counter allegations of what transpired. But, addressing a press conference in Abuja, the CSO Executive Director, Bilikisu Hassan explained that while it was regrettable that innocent persons allegedly lost their lives in the incident care must be taking in throwing tantrums.
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What the group said:
“Intelligence available clearly points that suspected armed herdsmen were seriously mobilizing their members from Awe, Doma and Keana LGAs of Nasarawa State and reportedly moving enmass down to places like Ungwan Yaara, Railway and Antsa Village all of Kwara District Area, Keana LGA allegedly planning to launch coordinated attacks on settlements in Benue State.
“The available information has it that the said attack is aimed at distorting electoral activities in Benue, hence a reprisal on Benue communities and security personnel ostensibly because of the 31st December 2022 bombing of their (armed herdsmen's) camp at the border between Guma (Benue) and Doma (Nasarawa) LGAs by the Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS). This planned attack portends a great security threat to both the Tiv communities in Nasarawa state and indeed the entire Benue state."
Security alert: Tension in Lagos mainland as video of protesters, police clash emerge
In another development, the Lagos state police command has confirmed the death of one unidentified person during a clash between protesters and police in Ojota.
It was gathered that the protesters were members of the Yoruba nation movement who planned to stage a protest.
Further reports revealed that a police van was set ablaze by some suspected protesters during the clash.