In a bid to avoid Farmers and Herders conflict this farming season, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has disclosed that it has concluded arrangements to deploy additional 1,500 personnel, under its Agro-Ranger Scheme, to farmlands this cropping season.
TOS TV gathered that the Agro Ranger Scheme, is an Initiative of the former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbe, and his Interior counterpart, Abdulraman Dambazau. The partnership is expected to use the NSCDC to forestall attacks on farms, and boost farmers’ confidence to work on their farms without fear of attack, thereby guaranteeing the Federal Government’s avowed food security plans.
The Commandant-General of the Corps, Mr. Abdullahi Muhammadu, who gave an update on the security arrangement, in an interview with Newsmen in Maiduguri, on Saturday, July 13, said that the additional deployment of 1,500 Officers will protect Farmers against incessant attacks by bandits and kidnappers, to enable them cultivate their farmlands.
He stated that the deployment would also mobilise Farmers, and build their confidence to enable them carry out their activities without fear.
Muhammadu explained that about 750 personnel would undergo a fresh 5-week training, before deployment to the 8 bandits’ prone areas in Katsina State.
He said that the personnel would be exposed to techniques for internal security, map reading, tactics, first aid and field craft, as well as Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection and demobilisation.