Lai Mohammed says spate of killings in Nigeria declining, reveals why/ Lai

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has declared that there has been a drastic reduction in the spate of killings in the country, lamenting that journalists are not reporting enough of the development.

He explained that the drastic fall in the killings resulted from concerted and committed actions by the Federal Government to curtail the clashes between herdsmen and farmers, cattle rustling and other acts of banditry.

Speaking in Gusau, Zamfara, at a Special Town Hall Meeting on Security, the minister said, “Let me say straight away that the killings, resulting from farmers-herders clashes, cattle rustling, trans-border crimes and banditry, among others, have fallen drastically. Unfortunately, this has not received the kind of media coverage that was given to the killings. I appeal to the media to correct this.”

Mohammed listed actions that have led to the reduced killings to include: deployment of a Joint Military Intervention Force, JMIF, comprising Regular and Special Forces personnel from the Army, Air Force and Navy, and working in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Security, DSS, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC.

The measures, he said, also include the establishment of the Army’s 2 Battalion Forward Operating Base, FOB, in Kanfanin Doka Village, Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna State; the establishment of a new Area Command and two additional Divisional Police Headquarters in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State; and the establishment by Nigerian Air Force of Quick Response Wings, QRW, in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States.

Others, according to him, are the deployment of Special Forces to these Quick Response Wings; the inauguration, by the Nigeria Police Force, of a new Mobile Squadron in Takum, Taraba State and Operation ‘Whirl Stroke’, operating in Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara states, to tackle the menace of armed herdsmen, cattle rustlers, communal militias, kidnappers and other bandits.

Mohammed continued, “I have no doubt that the good people of Zamfara can testify to the drastic reduction in the activities of cattle rustlers and other bandits in the state since the Federal Government deployed a 1000-strong military force, comprising the army, air force, police and the civil defence, to launch fierce attacks on the bandits terrorizing the villages and towns of Zamfara State.”

While assuring that the situation would continue to improve until the violence has stopped, the minister said the killings had nothing to do with ethnicity or religion, adding that those who are bent on exploiting our national fault lines have distorted the narrative to give the killings ethnic and religious coloration, and this has aggravated the killings.

According to him, “We must repudiate them, even as the Federal Government continues to consolidate on the successful efforts to end the killings.”


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