Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)

To battle the menace of herdsmen attacks across the country, the federal government has established a 3,000-strong special squad.

Minister of Interior Abdulrahaman Danbazzau said yesterday that the squad will be made up entirely of personnel from the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC).

The public will be protected from attacks by this force, Dambazzau said at the forum where Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun and Budget ad Planning Udoma Udo Udoma, spoke on the 2017 budget and the plan for its implementation, yesterday.

The selected squad will undergo special training, he added, but gave no further information on how the force will operate and when it will commence its operation.

He also expressed his conviction that many of the herdsmen threatening the peace and order within the country were from other countries, especially within the ECOWAS sub-region.

He said Nigeria had been unable to stop their migration because “the country is among the signatories to the ECOWAS protocol which guarantees free movement of citizens”

But he declared that the government had a responsibility to find ways to monitor the movement and activities of itinerant herdsmen.

Many people, especially farmers have been killed across the country by herdsmen either during clashes or pre meditated attacks.

As a result, states, such as Ekiti and Benue, have passed laws to deal with the herdsmen situation in their territories.

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