Insecurity in North Central Nigeria: OPWS Commander, Aligbe holds security parley with Miyetti Allah, Nasarawa & Benue Chapters.

The Force Commander (FC), Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), Maj-Gen Kevin Aligbe has held a security parley with the Meyetti Allah’s Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) Nasarawa and Benue States Chapter’s in Makurdi as part of efforts at profering solutions to insecurity in the North Central Zone of the country

During the interractive session, Gen Aligbe said the military engagement was crucial in addressing the wave of insecurity in the North Central zone, occasioned by farmers/herders and communal clashes.

He said the inputs of all parties were required towards sustainable peace and progress.

Emphasizing that the  parley was in continuation of the peace initiative through consultation and engagements between the stakeholders and the military towards proffering lasting solutions to the security challenges in the two states in particular, Aligbe thanked MACBAN members for being open minded in making suggestions to the security threats.

He also promised to elicit the same peace cooperation from the Benue State livestock Guard to help cement the proposed peace and stability within the two states.

Assuring that there would be interventions in the security dispositions, the Commander said the Nigerian armed forces have remained at the forefront in tackling the myriad of security threats confronting the nation.

“The military had been leading the war against all form of criminalities. The constitution had vested it with mandate of protecting lives and property of every Nigerian”, he said.

Aligbe then commended Field Commanders for their professionalism and doggedness in the discharge of their duties.

In his submission, the Chairman, MACBAN, Nasarawa State Chapter, Alhaji Bala Baou, acknowledged the critical roles being played by the military in the defence and security of the state.

He expressed optimism that critical issues bordering on farmers and herders crisis, cattle rustling and communal clashes would be a thing of the past soonest from the interaction with the commander.

He solicited support from the commander in ensuring peace and stability within the two states, adding that MACBAN was grateful for giving them opportunity to state their problems and heed to their plights.

He said the major challenges confronting them include excessive charges from the Benue State Livestock Guard and border demarcation among the two states which is not properly mapped, causing the herders to graze from Nasarawa into Benue territory without them knowing.

He expressed strong belief that the interaction would help address all issues and restore normalcy to the two states.


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