By Palma Ileye
Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi has ordered the immediate deployment of more personnel of the Agro-Rangers unit to Mangu LGA for effective protection of farmers, farmlands, and all agro allied investments in the agrarian communities.
Audi in a press release issued yesterday by the NSCDC, Director, Public Relations, CC Olusola Odumosu, announced this during his visit to the Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency, Barr. Caleb Mutfwamg to commiserate with him on the unfortunate attack in Mangu which claimed lives and displaced members of the community.
He decried the recurring killings in some parts of the State and assured the Governor that the NSCDC was ready to synergise with other security agencies to put an end to the crisis in the affected areas.
“Your Excellency, we are in Jos because of the recent killings in Mangu LGA.
“We sympathise with you and the entire people of the affected communities and I want to assure you that we will redouble our effort and synergise with other security agencies to end the crisis.
“I have ordered immediate deployment of more personnel to strengthen security, especially the Agro Rangers unit for the protection of farmers, their farmlands and all agricultural assets,” he said.
In his response, Gov. Mutfwamg appreciated the Commandant-General for his visit.
He commended the gallantry of the officers and men of Plateau State Command, adding that the activities of its Agro Rangers personnel in preventing further farmers/herders clashes cannot be over emphasized.
He assured the CG of the State Government’s support and cooperation with the NSCDC.
The Corps helmsman later proceeded to the palace of the Mangu traditional Head, the Mishkagham Mwaghavul, HRH John Hirse.
At the palace, Dr Audi symphatised with the traditional head and the entire community for the loss of lives and property, assuring that the Corps would redouble its efforts by deploying more personnel to the flash points in various districts.
He stated that the effort was to help protect farmers on and off their farmlands to guarantee food security and prevent food shortages which is another form of catastrophe.
He charged the Royal Father to enlighten the good people of the land to report suspicious activities, so that perpetrators of the heinous crime can be brought to justice.
The traditional head thanked the CG for his assurance of more security presence and specifically requested for the intervention of the NSCDC in curbing crimes in the community.
While addressing officers and men of Plateau Command, the CG reiterated that security of lives and property of the people was very sacrosanct.
He charged them to increase intelligence and surveillance in order restore farmers confidence and prevent cases of kidnapping, farmland destruction and other criminal activities perpetrated by hoodlums in the State.