Army Launches ‘Operation Cat Race’ To Tackle Herdsmen Killing

Army Launches ‘Operation Cat Race’ To Tackle Herdsmen Killing

The Nigerian Army has said it will conduct a special exercise tagged: “Operation Cat Race – Ayem Akpatuma (Tiv Translation)” to tackle recurring herdsmen/farmers clashes and criminal activities in Benue, Taraba, Niger and Kaduna states.

According to Maj.General David Ahmadu, the Chief of Training and Operations, the exercise will commence on February 15 and end on March 31. While briefing newsmen on the exercise on Wednesday, Ahmadu said it will address emerging security challenges within the 1 and 3 Divisions including Headquarters, Army Records, Guards Brigade and 707 Special Forces Brigade “Areas of Responsibility.’’

He listed other security agencies that will participate in the exercise as the Department of States Services (DSS), the police, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and other Security institutions.

General Ahmadu said the exercise would cover the 1 and 3 Divisions representing the Northwest and North central geopolitical zones. The Guards Brigade, 707 Special Forces Brigade, and the Headquarters Army Command will also be involved.

“More so, Exercise Ayem Akpatuma has become more expedient due to upsurge in cases of armed banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in Kaduna and Niger states as well as other sundry crimes in Kogi State and herdsmen/farmers clashes and attacks on innocent members of our communities, particularly in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states by armed militias.

“These security challenges have continued unabated in these states, despite the efforts by sister security agencies to curb them. Emphasis will be placed on raids, cordon-and-search operations, anti-kidnapping drills, road blocks, check points and show of force, as well as humanitarian activities, such as medical outreach,’’ he added.

He called on members of the public in the affected states not to panic as their security, safety and wellbeing  had been “deliberately factored in to the planning of the exercise’’.

He also assured that troops taking part in the exercise would be guided by the professional “Code of Conduct, Rules of Engagement and the respect for human rights’’.

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February 8th, 2018

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