In a move that would definitely ruffle a few feathers, the Federal Government has ruled out the possibility of using the military option to quell the violent activities of Fulani Herdsmen who have been terrorizing different parts of the nation.
According to Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd), who spoke on Channels TV, the herdsmen were yet to overwhelm the Police so it would be unwise to employ military tactics.
“We must protect the country which is the main function of the police. The Civil Defence are there to complement them too.
“This is a non-military issue that borders on law and order. It is not every security issue that you call in the military. It is the responsibility of the police to maintain peace. I believe that if we put the police in proper position, in terms of discharging its functions, then there would be no need for military option,” he said.
According to the Global Terrorism Index 2015 report, “Fulani militants” killed 1,229 people in 2014 — up from 63 in 2013 — making them the “fourth most deadly terrorist group” globally