The Federal Government has said it will not engage the military to subdue the attacking force of rampaging Fulani herdsmen, noting that the Police still have the situation under control.
Suspected Fulani herdsmen in recent times have attacked several communities across the country notably Nimbo in Egugu State and Agatu in Benue state killing scores of residents and destroying farmlands.
But Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd), while speaking on a Sunday midnight television programme “Question Time” on Channels TV, said the government won’t be using the military to bring the situation under control.
He said, “We must protect the country which is the main function of the police. The Civil Defence are there to complement them too.
“This is a non-military issue that borders on law and order. It is not every security issue that you call in the military. It is the responsibility of the police to maintain peace. I believe that if we put the police in proper position in terms of discharging its functions, then there would be no need for military option.
The police are equal to the task. If you have to deploy the army, then you are going above board (sic). In any case, I do not even have the power to deploy the military for anything. It is only when the situation gets out of hand that you invite the military”, he said.
According to the Global Terrorism Index 2015 report, “Fulani militants” killed 1,229 people in 2014 — up from 63 in 2013 — making them the “fourth most deadly terrorist group” globally.
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