Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Minister tasks media on falling spate of killings

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stated that there has been a drastic reduction in the spate of killings in the country, and challenged the media to ensure proper reportage of the development.

The minister made the assertion in Gusau, Zamfara, at a meeting on security, various challenges facing the nation and the possible solutions.

''Let me say straight away that the killings, resulting from farmers-herders clashes, cattle rustling, trans-border crimes and banditry, among others, have fallen drastically. Unfortunately, this has not received the kind of media coverage that was given to the killings, I appeal to the media to correct this,'' he said.

While attributing the drastic fall in killings around the country to the deployment of a Joint Military Intervention Force JMIF, Mohamed noted that the success recorded was due to concerted and committed actions by the federal government to curtail the farmers-herders clashes, cattle rustling and other acts of banditry.

‘‘The deployment of a Joint Military Intervention Force JMIF, comprising Regular and Special Forces personnel from the Army, Air Force and Navy, and working in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Security DSS, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps NSCDC.

''I have no doubt that the good people of Zamfara can testify to the drastic reduction in the activities of cattle rustlers and other bandits in the state since the Federal Government deployed a 1000-strong military force, comprising the army, air force, police and the civil defence, to launch fierce attacks on the bandits terrorizing the villages and towns of Zamfara State,'' he said,

He however affirmed that the situation will continue to improve until the violence has stopped, noting that the killing has nothing to do with ethnicity or religion.

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