The Nigerian Army has arrested 24 Boko Haram members operating as Fulani herdsmen in Auchi, Etsako West Local Governmment Area of Edo State.
The Otaru of Auchi Kingdom, Aliru H. Momoh told newsmen in his palace on Monday. He said the Nigerian School of Engineering, NICOHO informed him of the arrest. He described activities of the herdsmen in the area as worrisome.
“We have asked farmers, especially the women, to stop going to the farms for now.
“We gave them some grants to enable them to engage in petty trading in the mean time, to avoid the incessant attacks on them”, he said.
He added “the traditional council is collaborating with the army, security agencies, and some vigilance groups, and we have recently incorporated the hunters to help to evolve lasting solutions to the problem,’’
The monarch commended the army for taking proactive steps in fighting the suspected insurgents in the forest. He said that the “issue of security needs careful planning and execution’’.
- Bola Kougbe