-How many of you can still remember this headline:?
-First published on June 6, 2016 By Seun Opejobi.
-The Federal Government has ruled out the use of military might to subdue the attacking force of rampaging Fulani herdsmen.
Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, retd, while featuring on a Channels Television programme, “Question Times” on Sunday night said deployment of the military to combat the Fulani herdsmen menace was not an option because, the situation has not overwhelmed the police yet.
According to the Minister, “We must protect the country which is the main function of the police. The Civil Defence are there to complement them too.
“This is a non-military issue that borders on law and order.
It is not every security issue that you call in the military.
It is the responsibility of the police to maintain peace.
I believe that if we put the police in proper position in terms of discharging its functions, then there would be no need for military option.
The police are equal to the task.
If you have to deploy the army, then you are going above board. In any case, I do not even have the power to deploy the military for anything.
It is only when the situation gets out of hand that you invite the military.”
Recall that Fulani herdsmen have in recent past attacked several villages across the country, killing scores of people.