The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai, has warned that the herdsmen who had perpetuated havoc in some states of the country, including Benue, Enugu, and Ekiti states could have relationship with the Boko Haram sect in the North East of the country.
Buratai, who gave this hint on Thursday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, at his Oke Mosan office, said the mode of operation and large destruction associated with herdsmen attacks gave rise to ding that thinking that they could have afflilation with Boko Haram.
Buratai, who was also on visit to army units and formations in the state, said this probability was already being investigated, as the troops continued their onslaught on the insurgents in the North East.
He also admoadmonished Nigerians to be security conscious and report any suspicious movement of persons in their communities to security agents.
He said, “We want to call on all Nigerians to be security conscious and to report any suspicious persons or group of people that are roaming about in their communities.
“One may not be too far from the fact that some of these herdsmen that are attacking communities across the country may have some affiliation with the Boko Haram terrorists.
“This we are further investigating and also pursuing them, so that we can address the situation, so let’s be security conscious.
“Let’s report quickly the movement of suspicious persons carrying arms especially. If you suspect any individual within your community, we should be able to report immediately. Timely information is very important.
“We have our troops deployed in certain areas and I believe the Police are working with them to be able to tackle any challenge that comes in immediately.”
On the Insurgency in the North East, Buratai said Boko Haram had been largely defeated, adding that there was no any community in the North East under their control anymore.
He said, “I want to tell you that no community is under Boko Haram as at now. No local government or any ward that we can say is under any Boko Haram siege.
“Our troops are patrolling all those places and we are coordinating with the multinational joint task force to ensure that the borders are well secured and are blocked from any infiltration.”