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Rivers, Zamfara crises worry Army


The Nigerian Army has expressed concerned at the deteriorating security situation in the Rivers and Zamfara States.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieut. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai, expressed these sentiments during separate meetings with Governors Nyesom Wike and Alhaji Abdualaziz Yari Abubakar respectively.

The meetings were held at the Army Headquarters in Abuja to discuss security issues in the two regions.

Army spokesperson, Col Kukasheka Usman, said Buratai warned some prominent individuals in the state of the security implications of their utterances.

Rivers has been plunged into violence ahead of re-run elections scheduled for the state.

Buratai is quoted as saying the Army had long been called out to assist the Nigeria Police in internal security duties.

“We shall continue to perform this constitutional duty professionally without bias in conjunction with other security agencies.”

Abubakar meanwhile drew the attention of the Chief of Army Staff to the menace of cattle rustlers and armed banditry that is bedeviling some parts of the state.

He called on the Army to assist.

“In his response, the Chief of Army Staff assured the Governor that the Nigerian Army has been working in conjunction with other security agencies to root out cattle rustlers and other criminals not only in the Zamfara State, but the entire North West geo-political zone where it was more prevalent,” said Usman.

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