The Nigerian Army has launched Exercise Ayem Akpatuma covering Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states in order to tackle the cases of kidnappings, herdsmen/farmers’ clashes among others.
Ayem Akpatuma is said to be the Tiv language for Cat race. The army said the exercise would run from February 15 to March 31, 2018.
The Chief of Training and Operations, Maj Gen David Ahmadu, announced this in Abuja on Wednesday on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai.
Exercise Ayem Akpatuma will involve raids, cordon and search operations, road blocks, show of force and checkpoints.