President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security forces to go after armed herdsmen committing killings in several parts of the country…

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Nigeria has made the prevention of attacks by armed herdsmen a security priority

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security forces to go after armed herdsmen committing killings in several parts of the country.

 

Nigeria's government has made the prevention of attacks by Fulani herdsmen a security priority following an attack that might have killed up to 50 people and caused the destruction of property in Enugu state.

Whereas the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has already to cope with the militant Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast and a resurgence of pipeline attacks in the oil-rich southern Niger Delta region, clashes over land use have risen in recent months.

Mr Buhari has called for calm stating that his administration will deploy all required personnel and resources to stop this new threat to the domectic collective security, as he has indicated “Let me start by condemning in strongest terms the attacks by herdsmen in Enugu State on Monday. I deeply sympathise with those who lost their lives as well as those who lost their property (…) have directed the Chief of Defence Staff and the Inspector – General of Police to secure all communities under attacks by herdsmen and to go after the groups terrorising innocent people all over the country. This government will not allow these attacks to continue.”  

 

(With BBC and Reuters Africa)

 

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