In furtherance of its determination to rid the nation, particularly the North Central States of Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa as well as parts of Kaduna state of the menace of killer herdsmen/militias, banditry, cattle rustling and kidnapping among others, the Nigerian Army has commenced construction of the headquarters of the Special Forces Command in Nasarawa State.
This is just as the Chief of Army Staff; Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has warned this criminal elements, to either retrace their steps or relocate as the Army would go after them even in their hideouts, with the take-off of the Special Forces Command HQ.
Speaking when he visited the construction site in Doma community, christened ‘123 Special Forces Battalion Barracks’, Lt. General Buratai said its completion and the subsequent deployment of special forces currently undergoing training both within and outside the country, would ensure adequate security for Nasarawa and neighbouring states in the zone
Recall that following a deadly killing spree by herdsmen and militia as well as attacks by marauding kidnappers, armed bandits and cattle rustlers, thousands of lives and property were lost in the zone, prompting the Nigerian Army to activate ‘Exercise Ayem Akpatuma’ (Operation Cat Race) which assisted in checkmating the criminal activities.
During his visit to Nasarawa state, the COAS seized the opportunity to pay a condolence visit to the Emir of Keffi, Dr. Shehu Yamusa as well as the palace of the Emir of Lafia, to commiserate over the demise of the Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isa Mustapha, who died recently.
He also paid a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Silas Agara.
In his address, Mr. Agara assured the Army Chief and his delegation of Nasarawa State government’s continued cooperation, recalling that the Nigerian Army had contributed greatly in stabilizing the state and country at large in terms of security.