The Nigerian Army on Sunday issued a stern warning against killer herdsmen, farmers, militia groups and bandits operating in Benue, Adamawa and Taraba states to desist forthwith over the senseless killings, and waton destruction of properties across the three states.
The army said it was working with sister services and other security agencies to identify and arrest all those involved in the on-going killings regardless of their disposition in the society including government functionaries.
It also warned that field commanders on the ground who failed to take decisive actions against masterminds of the killings would be made to face court martial.
A statement signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen Texas Chukwu warned that “when troops are called out for internal security operations, they are not to joke or persuade anyone”.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to the continued disturbing, senseless killings and wanton destruction of properties in Adamawa, Benue and Taraba States. In view of this, we strongly warn the perpetrators of these crimes to desist forthwith.
“The Nigerian Army in conjunction with sister services and other security agencies are working assiduously to identify and arrest all those involved regardless of their disposition in the society including government functionaries.
“We would like to unequivocally reiterate that the Army Headquarters warns the arsonists and the killers to stop or face decisive action by troops. Our Rules of Engagement (ROE) is clear on arson and murder, therefore, no such criminal acts would be allowed in any of the aforementioned states.
“The public are please reminded that when troops are called out for internal security operations, they are not to joke or persuade anyone.
“We have warned our commanders on the ground to take decisive actions or face court martial”.