Adamawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has inaugurated a special squad to tackle clashes between herders and farmers.
Commandant Nurudeen Abdullahi said at the inauguration of the Agro Rangers Squad that members were trained with additional combat skills to protect grazing reserves.
He said the NSCDC, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, conceived and developed the idea of the squad to curb clashes between farmers and herders.
“The idea to form and train the squad is aimed at finding a solution to the farmers/herders crisis. I assure you that with our special squad, farmers/herders conflicts will be over in Adamawa State,” Abdullahi said.
The inauguration came barely two days after Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo launched the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) at Gongoshi Grazing Reserve in Mayo-Belwa Local Government, a plan intended to minimise contacts between farmers and herders when fully operational.
Earlier during the inauguration of the squad, the Permanent Secretary in charge of Security, Ahmadu Baji, who represented Governor Umaru Fintiri, said the recent inauguration of security vehicles, to be distributed to security agencies, was aimed at improving security.
The Lamido of Adamawa, represented by the Galadima Adamawa, Alhaji Mustpha Aminu, urged the NSCDC to sensitise the people on the operations of the squad.