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Army deployment to central Nigerian states will reduce civil war risks from violent confrontations over land use

09 February 2018


Nigeria is to send the army into volatile central states in an attempt to halt a series of fatal confrontations between farmers and herders.

Major-General David Ahmadu confirmed on 7 February that the deployment would start on 15 February and was scheduled to last until 31 March. However, no indication has been given yet of the numbers to be involved in the deployment. The main focus will be on halting attacks by armed militias in Benue, Nasarawa, and Taraba states, which have seen most of the 168 deaths documented by human rights organisation Amnesty International in January 2018 alone.

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