The Nigerian Army has deployed special forces in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa States to stop incessant attacks and killings by herdsmen in the region.
The presidency announced this in a tweet on Wednesday evening.
“UPDATE: @HQNigerianArmy has deployed Special Forces To Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa States to secure vulnerable communities and prevent further attacks,” the tweet read.
Over 100 people have been killed in the three states in the last one week.
The killings have sparked a public outcry with Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari not to treat the crisis the same way former President Goodlcuk Jonathan did with the Boko Haram insurgency.
The army took the action hours after Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, said there was no need for military deployment in Benue.
Buhari had ordered Idris to relocate to Benue which has recorded highest casualties in the fresh crisis.
Speaking with stakeholders at government house, Makurdi, Idris said the military could only come in when the police had been overwhelmed.