The Nigerian Army has faulted a former Defence Minister, Lieutenant General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), who accused the military of collaborating with herdsmen to kill innocent people.
Danjuma at an event in Jalingo asked people in Taraba State and elsewhere facing attacks by herdsmen to defend themselves.
The Army however, in a statement by its spokesman, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, described Danjuma’s statement as unfortunate, at a critical time that the military is embarking on the demilitarization of the North Central region.
The Army said it will not tolerate illegal possession of arms by anyone.
It also claimed that its troops were not taking side in the herdsmen/farmers clashes, and had sacrificed much in containing the clashes to stop killings.
Chukwu stated that, “For avoidance of doubt, the Nigerian Army advises the people of Taraba State and indeed all other Nigerians to continue in their day-to-day activities and be law abiding as anyone caught with arms and ammunition will be dealt with accordance with the laws of the land.
“Every law-abiding citizen is assured of equal protection and security of their lives and property irrespective of his/her person.’’
Hundreds of people, including herdsmen and farmers had died in clashes in Benue, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Plateau, and Taraba states in the past months.