A United States Human Rights organization, Rapid Response Fact-Finding Mission (RRFFM) wants the Nigerian government to consider recognizing the terroristic activities of killer herdsmen in the country.

Available data from its fact-finding mission in 2016, the RRFFM says in Benue state alone, there were over 40 herdsmen attacks in a 3-year period averaging one a month.

In this regars, the organization wants government to redeploy troops to central Nigeria where the "onslaught of killer herdsmen has continued to claim lives perennially including lives of security agents."

The military engagement against the killer herdsmen, the RRFFM says would be to protect Nigerian citizens from individuals whom the government has categorically stated are foreign nomads from Chad, Niger and other West African countries.

In a report on the Central Nigerian herdsmen attacks signed by the Special Counsel, US. Nigeria Law Group,  Emmanuel Ogebe, the organization said the exercise should not be like the military operation in the southeast which was an "attack" on civilian non-combatants.

"highway checkpoints appear to be ineffective in Miango"

According to RRFFM, the success of the killer herders in Miango, Plateau State is surrounded by a number of human factors.

"The roads are bad, rough or non-existent especially after rain fall rendering the communities inaccessible and giving the nomadic attacks an advantage during their attacks.

"Phone networks do not reach the community making it impossible for villagers, victims or even the security forces to easily communicate for back up

"While the presence of security checkpoints were noted on the Abuja-Jos highway, there were far fewer in the Miango region where villagers were in anxiety over further impending attacks.

"The highway checkpoints appear to be ineffective as the herdsmen move over the fields, farmlands and mountainous terrain to unleash their attacks and not the highways," it said.

The US. group urged the Nigerian government to declare a conflict-free zone as "a food security survival imperative in the agricultural middlebelt of Nigeria where farmers rendered IDPs in Benue and Plateau particularly have been unable to return to or recover their farmlands from the marauders and their cattle."

It further urged the government to provide medical attention to victims of these attacks, fix the roads and ensure electricity and telephonic connectivity to the "isolated" agrarian communities.