Confirming the report, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations of the Guards Brigade, Captain Bashir Jajira said that 36 of the herdsmen were arrested at a checkpoint between the Federal Capital territory and Nasarawa state. He also said that the other 56 were arrested at a military checkpoint in Dantata, along Abuja Airport road.
“A group of 36 herdsmen in Diana Truck and Toyota Camry car with registration number Abu Kuje 994 FX and Niger SUL 541 XA were intercepted and arrested at 177 Guards Battalion location by Keffi checkpoint. During the interrogation by troops at the checkpoint, they claimed to be going to Nasarawa Local Government in Nasarawa State,” he said
Jajira also said that the Herdsmen were in possession of “one pump action gun, 19 cartridge dane guns, 118 cartridge ammo, 28 cutlasses, 3 jack knives, 14 sticks, 7 torch lights, certificate of occupancy, assorted charms and hard drugs.”
He also said that the herdsmen will be handed over to the police for prosecution.
This is coming after President Buhari ordered the deployment of troops to all parts of the country currently witnessing bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers.