Nigerian Security and Civil Defense (NSCDC) operatives have arrested 50 shepherds carrying weapons.
“We arrested 50 illegally armed cattle breeders and realized that some of them were engaged in hissing and kidnapping cattle,” said the NSCDC commander, Dr. Ahmed Audi in Abuja
He made the statement while giving licenses to private custodians.
“Armed cattlemen have been arrested in Ekitia, the states of Borno and Cross River, and in some other parts of the country,” he said.
Audi added that the arrest of illegally armed shepherds shortly after his inauguration was an indication of his determination to set the corps up for optimal delivery in his key term.
“It is part of our mandate to resolve disputes between livestock and farmers and to provide some security protection to our agro-allied investments,” he said.
Audi stressed the need for synergies between security agencies, noting that national security challenges can essentially be addressed only by sharing intelligence.
He instructed private security operators to make a valuable contribution to ongoing efforts to check for growing insecurity.
Lamenting security challenges, which he said were asymmetric in nature, he assured that everything would be fine when relevant stakeholders adopt unity of purpose as their main goal.
“The nation has been hit by a very serious crisis of insecurity, and that is an asymmetric war,” he said.