In the light of the continuous herdsmen crisis in Benue and its neighbouring states, the Senate Committee on Defence has proposed the use of the Nigerian Navy Special Forces to stem the tide.
The committee led by the Chairman, Senator Isah Misau, made this proposal during an on-the-spot assessment of the units and bases under the Western and Naval Training Command in Lagos at the weekend.
If deployed, Misau said the special forces would use Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) in tackling the herdsmen crisis.
The special forces known as the Special Boat Services (SBS), are Nigeria’s equivalent of the Israeli and United States of America’s navy seals, who are trained to carry out the most delicate of operations.
The SBS although predominantly focused on littoral and riverine operations, are not restricted in carrying out other covert operations.
Already in their kitty is the fact that they are being attached to all troops and platoons carrying out operations in the North-east, especially when it deals with covert and overt operations.