Farmers, herders clash: military set to launch Operation Accord –CDS
**As Police take over security in 9 LGA’s in North East.
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Gabriel Olonisakin disclosed yesterday (Friday) that the armed forces were preparing to launch ‘Operation Accord’ to tackle the menace of armed bandits and the recent increase in the spate of farmers and cattle herders clashes across the country.
Speaking when he received the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris at the Defence Headquarters ( DHQ), General Olonisakin said already a committee set up by the DHQ has visited some flash points of recent clashes in the country to assess the situation.
He said already troops are being trained with the necessary competence to operate in all terrains, adding that the military and police must collaborate to ensure security in the country.
The Acting IGP Ibrahim Idris in his remarks stated that the military and the police must collaborate further to stay ahead of security challenges in the country.
He asked for assistance in the training of the Nigeria Police Marine Unit to enhance security operations in the Niger Delta region.
He also noted that the police have taken over the responsibility of providing security in nine local government areas in the north eastern part of the country.
He explained that the police has been briefed to take over 19 local government areas but only 9 has been taken over, hinting that the delay in deployment to the other ten may be due to military exigencies.
He also called for improved synergy between military and police joint operation at state commands, where he proposed a joint operations command to coordinate all security operations in the states.
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