Seven policemen and two soldiers have died within the past two months due to the Numan, Adamawa, in a clash between herdsmen and farmers.
This was made known by the Brigade Commander, 23rd Amour Brigade Yola, Brig. Gen. Bello Mohammed, on Thursday in Yola.
Speaking on the crisis at a town hall meeting of stakeholders, Mohammed said the Nigerian Army convened the meeting to caution persons involved. He said the military would from then on clamp down on those who failed to uphold peace and dialogue in resolving differences.
The Brigade Commander said: “The crisis that initially started in Numan and environs spread to four LGAs namely; Girei, Demsa and Lamurde, and later to parts of Taraba.
“Sadly, the measures and strategies employed by security agencies have not yielded the desired effect; the stakeholders have regarded our soft handedness measures as weakness and incapable of dealing with the situation.
“Henceforth, we members of the security agencies forum have collectively resolved to tackle this mayhem and unwarranted killings at all cost.
“The first deliberate step towards permanently resolving this issue is this town hall meeting.
“It is part of soft power approach to internal security situations, it would be followed by hard and smart power approaches; to be forewarned is to be forearme.,”
Mohammed expressed worry that elites, politicians and traditional rulers in the affected areas were not assisting in addressing the challenge, cautioning that parties were also fond of over reacting and mostly on unfounded and unconfirmed information.
As part of efforts by security agents to combat the security situation in Numan, resisting an arrest or obstructing security personnel from carrying out their duties would be considered as serious offense, Mohammed note.
Source: Naija News