Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) agents have arrested 50 herders carrying weapons.
“We arrested 50 illegally armed herders and found that some of them were engaged in theft and kidnapping of livestock,” NSCDC Commander General Dr. Ahmed Audi said Wednesday in Abuja.
He made the statement while presenting licenses to private guard operators.
“The armed herders were arrested in Ekiti, Borno and Cross River states and in some other parts of the country,” he said.
Audi added that the arrest of the illegally armed pastors shortly after he took office was an indication of his determination to reposition the body for optimal delivery of his primary mandate.
“It is part of our mandate to resolve disputes between herders and farmers and also to provide some security protection to our allied agricultural investments,” he said.
Audi emphasized the need for synergy between security agencies, noting that the nation’s security challenges could only be substantially addressed through intelligence sharing.
He tasked private guard operators with ensuring valuable contributions to ongoing efforts to control growing insecurity.
Regretting the security challenges, which he said were asymmetric in nature, he assured that everything will be fine once the relevant stakeholders adopt unity of purpose as their main objective.
“The nation is plagued by a very serious insecurity crisis, and that is asymmetric warfare.
“If you want to deal with this decisively, you have to synergize with all stakeholders in terms of credible intelligence,” he emphasized.
He read the Riot Control Law to private guard operators and warned that their licenses would be withdrawn if they engaged in unethical practices.
Some of the unethical practices, he said, were the adoption of ranks or other equipment used by the military or other regular security agencies.
Audi urged operators to prioritize the well-being of their protectors for optimal results. (YAYA)