The Nigerian Army has finally flagged off a security operation to combat the indiscriminate killings in Southern Kaduna.
The operation has been tagged “Operation Harbin Kunama II” by the Army.
Lt General Tukur Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, said the operation will last for a month.
Fulani herdsmen have been fingered as being behind the killings.
Buratai said at the launch of the military operation in Kaduna on Wednesday that, “it is all about keeping our society safe as part of internal security responsibility by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We are much aware of what is happening in Southern Kaduna; the various communal clashes, the farmers/herders clash and we are training our officers to be more professional to understand the basis of our field operations.”
He added that “the troops will go into the nooks and crannies of this area, the hills and valleys to flush out all the criminals, bandits and cattle rustlers including kidnappers.”
Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai hailed the launch of the operation, and urged citizens to maintain peace.