50 herdsmen bearing arms nabbed in three Nigerian states

50 herdsmen bearing arms nabbed in three Nigerian states
Charles Nwoke, Abakaliki, Nigeria
April 8, 2021 

Officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have apprehended 50 arms-bearing herdsmen in three different Nigerian states.

The Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Audi, stated this on Wednesday in Abuja.

“We arrested 50 illegally armed herdsmen and realized that some of them are into cattle rustling and kidnapping.’’

He made this declaration while presenting licenses to private guard operators in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

“The armed herdsmen were arrested in Ekiti, Borno and Cross River states and some other parts of the country,’’ he said.

Audi added that the apprehension of the illegally armed herdsmen shortly after his assumption of office was an indication of his determination to reposition the corps for optimal delivery on its core mandate.

“It is part of our mandate to settle disputes between herdsmen and farmers and to also give some security protection to our agro-allied investments,’’ he said.

Audi stressed the need for synergy between security agencies, noting that the nation’s security challenges could only be addressed substantially through intelligence sharing.

He charged the private guard operators to ensure valuable contributions to ongoing efforts at checking rising insecurity.

Lamenting the security challenges, which, he said were asymmetric, he assured that all would be well once relevant stakeholders adopted unity of purpose as their main objective.

“The nation is bedeviled with a very serious insecurity crisis, and that is the asymmetric warfare.

“If you want to deal decisively with this, you must synergize with all stakeholders in terms of credible intelligence,’’ he stressed.

He read the Riot Act to the private guard operators and warned that their licenses would be withdrawn if they engaged in unethical practice.

Some of the unethical practices, he said, were the adoption of ranks or other accouterment used by the military or other regular security agencies.

The Commandant-General urged the operators to prioritize the welfare of their guards to achieve optimal results.