5 April, 2014
Major General Chris Olukolade,Director of Defence Information, said the military has deployed troops to some state in the North-Central in other to restore normalcy in those states.
Olukolade told journalists that the troops had made appreciable progress by recovering cache of ammunition from the suspected herdsmen in Naka, Gwer West Local Government Area, Benue state.
Olukolade was accompanied by the
General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Div. Enugu, Maj.-Gen. Shehu Yusuf and the Director of Operations, Maj.-Gen. Fatai Alli. He said they were at the camp to boost the morale of troops at a field operations camp in the outskirts of Naka. The spokesman assured the people of the state of their safety, and advised those that have fled to return.
According to him, the troops are
strategically stationed across the state to guarantee your safety. He said the operation was aimed at
confidence building for the purpose of
dispelling negative insinuations
concerning the crises. Olukolade said the intervention of the military in the crises was at the right time when all that was done to curb the crises had failed.
“The men are prepared for the operations and are sufficient to
manage the situation. We are conducting effective and efficient patrols to ensure that the whole place is dominated by military presence,” he said. He appealed to citizens of Benue not to be intimidated by the heavy presence of the military. “The men know what they are looking for, they are professional soldiers and do not harass innocent citizens,” he assured.
Maj.-Gen. Shehu Yusuf said he had been redeployed to Makurdi to ensure a speedy end of the crises and would stay until the crises were over.