Violent herdsmen who have been killing people and destroying farmlands across the country may have links with the Boko Haram, says the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.
Speaking on Thursday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Ogun State Ibikunle Amosun, Buratai said timely information on the activities of the herdsmen is one of the best ways to tackle them.
“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,” Buratai said.
“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 movement of suspicious persons carrying arms.
“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,” he said.