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5000 NSCDC personnel deploy to secure Borno farmers

5000 NSCDC personnel deploy to secure Borno farmers

About 5000 personnel from Agro-Rangers Unit of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) would be deploy to protect farmers and their investment from attacks by criminals, especially kidnappers.

The Commandant-General of the corps, Abdullahi Muhammadu, reveal this at a news conference in Maiduguri on Friday.

Muhammadu said the deployment was to ensure farmers’ confidence in carrying out their activities without being afraid of any attack.

The NSCDC Agro Rangers Unit is an initiative of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Obge and his Interior counterpart, Abdulrahman Dambazau.

He explained that the establishment of the unit followed the recommendation of a committee headed by the Director, Joint Services in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Noah Auta, which was inaugurated in 2016 as a result of the farmers and herders clashes.

Gana said that the 5000 armed personnel were trained by the Nigerian Army on weapon handling and were set to be deployed to guard farms and ranches.

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