Killings by herdsmen: Osinbajo panel wants increased military presence in trouble spots


Olalekan Adetayo, Femi Makinde, Leke Baiyewu, Justin Tyopuusu,  John Charles and John Charles

The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee set up by the National Economic Council to find lasting solutions to killings by herdsmen across the country has recommended increased military presence in Benue and other states affected by the attacks.

The committee, which has nine state governors as members, was formed at the council’s meeting of January 18, 2018.

The governors on the committee are those of Kaduna, Zamfara, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Edo, Plateau, Oyo and Ebonyi states.

A top government official who is conversant with the work of the committee told journalists on condition of anonymity on Sunday that decisive military force would be deployed to end the attacks.

The source also said the government believed that bandits and mercenaries, and not herdsmen, were responsible for…

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