162 herdsmen has been handed over to the police for investigation into alleged ties that the suspects may have with Libya, the Defence Headquarters disclosed.

Brig.-Gen. John Agim, the acting Director, Defence Information,  was reacting to the recent assertion by President Muhammadu Buhari that the herdsmen had strong links with Libya and were trained as hitmen by late Maummar Gaddafi.

Brig.-Gen. Agim told newsmen on Saturday that the troops recovered guns and other weapons from the herdsmen and locals in the ongoing military exercise.

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To the military spokesman, many analysts expect the troops to seize weapons from the criminals, while not touching the residents.

Agim added that such measures would be “unfair because the military is in these two states and they are supposed to keep the peace and not to take sides with any faction.”

“You must understand that the President of the country has a helicopter view of the country. He has a lot of information at his disposal. So, wherever they (the herdsmen) come from, they are causing havoc to our country and that is very important to us. And that is what all of us must fight to prevent.

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“The President has disclosed this information based on the intelligence at his disposal and you cannot doubt that.”

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