By Ben Adoga
In other check the incessant cattle rustling that has ravaged parts of the North and to prevent such activities in the FCT as well as check herdsmen – farmers clashes, the FCT Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has established an Agro Allied Rangers Unit to check the menace.
The new Unit, according to the NSCDC Commandant, Patrick Ukpan, will provide security for herdsmen and their livestock at their ranches, and reserves in order to reduce violent conflicts amongst herdsmen and local crop farmers.
The Commandant unveiled this recently while addressing newsmen on the activities of his Command in his office at Gudu area of Abuja.
According to him, the primary mandate of the Corps include; the protection of petroleum pipelines and fighting pipelines vandalisation, monitoring and supervising activities of private guards companies (PGC) and engaging in disaster management.
The Rangers Unit is a new development and will fill the gap in the area cattle rusting and violent conflicts between herdsmen and farmers which was not effectively captured in the mandate of the NSCDC.
The Commandant also explained that the NSCDC personnel from intelligence and investigation department of the command carries out critical surveillance for necessary action.
“We do regularly partake in the joint security task force operations to round the clock security and in regular patrol of the FCT and it environ,” he stressed.
Furthermore, the FCT-NSCDC boss however called on Muslims to observe this year’s Ramadan with love and peace.