Nigerian Troops/Photo: AFP kaduna
Nigerian Troops/Photo: AFP

By Concise News Correspondents 

The Nigerian Army has established a base called the Forward Operation in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

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It is an operation base made up of 2 Battalion.

And the foundation stone was laid by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

The Nigerian Army School of Artillery in Kachia Local Government Area of the state had been the military formation in Southern Kaduna.

Speaking at the occasion, Buratai said the army was committed to peace and security in all parts of Nigeria.

He said finding lasting solution to incessant herdsmen/farmers crises rocking Southern Kaduna  necessitated the setting up of the base.

Buratai urged Nigerians to learn to co-exist peacefully, adding “we need each other”.

Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state in a remark noted that 11 similar clashes had been recorded in the state, but vowed to put an end to it.

He said all those behind the recent farmers/herdsmen crisis will be brought to book no matter how highly placed.

“Whether they are my son or daughter or relations, whether they are Muslim or Christian, someone will be jailed to put an end to the crisis. And this will be the end of crisis in the state,” El-Rufai said.

Earlier during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Jama’a, Alhaji Muhammadu Isa Muhammadu, the chief of staff directed troops stationed in Southern Kaduna to move deep into forest to fish out perpetrators of violence in the state.

”The troops have been working seriously to ensure that attacks and counter attacks are brought to an end.”

Buratai also visited the Chief of Kagoro, Dr Ufuwoi Bonet, and appealed to the traditional ruler to assist in finding solution to crisis in the area.

He also visited Ninte village, the scene of the most recent herdsmen/farmers clash, where he addressed troops of 101 Special Force battalion stationed in the community.

Buratai noted that the Hausa and Fulani had been living together in the community for centuries, but wonder why they resorted to killing themselves.