Niger Police Recover 500 Cows From Rustlers

cows in kadunaThe Niger State Police command has recovered over 500 cows from some cattle rustlers and arrested 15 suspects in Lapai local government of the state.

The command’s spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana, in an interview with Channels Television, disclosed that the police on the strength of information, raided the criminals at Pongu Daji, in Lapai.

He then assured citizens that the force would sustain the tempo of making the state free from all kinds of criminality.

Elkana added that two double barrel guns, 124 rustled cattle and 36 sheep, were recovered during the three-day operation, where a notorious kidnapper and cattle rustler, who had escaped in Zamfara state, Alhaji Muhammadu Umaru, was also arrested with members of his gang.

The police boss, then stated that the case was under investigation and suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.

The Lapai local government Chairman, Usman Mohammed, Legal Adviser to Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, North Central Zone, Barrister Abubakar Isah and the Vice President, Miyetti Allah of Nigeria, Hussaini Yusuf, all expressed appreciation to the force for the achievement, while calling for the identification of the rightful owners and immediate release of their cattle.

They assured the police of their support in curbing the menace of kidnapping, cattle rustling and armed robbery, while expressing regret for the Fulani’s involvement in the crimes they were not known for in the past years ago.

The Vice President noted that the national body of the association, would soon embark on a sensitization of its people down the state and local levels on the resistance of the bad habits, while urging the youths to stop the trend.

Meanwhile, the prime suspect, Umaru from Anka, Zamfara State, in an interview, denied being a kidnapper or a cattle rustler, stating that the cows belonged to him and his junior brother.

Lamenting over the injury inflicted on them, he equally denied being in possession of dangerous weapons as alleged by the police.

Security Operatives Recover Over 500 Stolen Animals From Rustlers

Security Operatives Recover Over 500 Stolen Animals From RustlersPolicemen attached to the ‘Operation Yaki’ security outfit in Kaduna have recovered over 500 cows and sheep that were stolen from herdsmen in Jere, Kagarko Local Government Area of the state while suspected rustlers were also arrested.

At the handing over of the recovered animals to their owners, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Internal Security, Mr Yakubu Yusuf, said that the state government was not leaving any stone unturned in its effort to flush cattle rustlers and other criminal elements out of the state.

Cattle rustling has become an emerging security challenge that has continued to threaten human security and economic activities in the rural pastoralists’ communities and commercial farms in Kaduna state, and some other parts of Northern Nigeria.

The Governor’s Security Adviser explained that the recovery was made possible through intelligence information from members of the public.

He applauded the contribution of security operatives for their role in ensuring that activities of rustlers and other criminals are reduced to the barest minimum across the state.

In their response after taking delivery of the recovered animals, members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, commended the security agencies and Kaduna State government for their effort in flushing rustlers out of the state.

Attacks on pastoralists have become a reoccurring issue in Kaduna State, in most cases, the entire villages and herders’ camps are displaced.

The emergence of the joint task force operation against cattle rustling and armed banditry in the state, is expected to bring the crimes to the barest minimum.

Cattle Rustling: Police Deploy 500 Men To Shiroro LG, Niger State

Cattle Rustling: Police Deploy 500 Men To Shiroro LG, Niger StateThe Niger State Police Command on Thursday intensified its fight against cattle rustling in parts of the state with the deployment of additional 500 men in areas identified as dangerous points.

In a press briefing in Minna, the Commissioner of Police, Mu’azu Zubairu, said that the men would strengthen the joint task force team already on ground in Alawa, Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.

Cattle rustlers had re-launched what security agencies in the state referred to as “major offensive”, especially in Shiroro communities with 11 deaths from two attacks.

CP Muazu said that the bandits were fleeing military offensive in Zamafara state and are taking refuge in forests bordering Kaduna and Zamfara states.

He said the Police had decided to take the battle to the rustlers with the deployment of three units which include counter-terrorism, anti-cattle rustling and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Muazu said that the state was rid of cattle rustling, kidnapping and armed robbery following a major onslaught against them by men of the command in conjunction with the military, but that the bandits just recently started “finding their way into the state again”.

“Six people were killed in Kukoki community last Monday, while five lives were lost in Gbada, all of Shiroro Local Government Area with undisclosed number of cattle rustled,” he explained.

He said that following the development, residents of communities across the affected local government areas have fled their homes for fear of attack, with many residing in Pandogari town.

Addressing the troops at the command headquarters, the Commissioner of Police urged them to rid the affected forests of the criminals, while also observing the rule of engagement.

He said that men of the command were battle ready for the task at hand.

Over 19,000 Cows Recovered From Rustlers In Kaduna

cows in kadunaThe measures adopted by the Kaduna State government to end cattle rustling and armed banditry is yielding positive result, as no fewer than 19,000 cows stolen from herdsmen in various parts of the state have been recovered.

Security operatives, who made the recovery also arrested some suspected rustlers.

A spokesman for the Governor, Mr Yakubu Yusuf, announced the recovery on Thursday during the handing over of recovered stolen cows and goats to their respective owners in Kagarko and Kachia Local Government Areas of the state.

He says the state government is not leaving any stone un-turned in the ongoing effort to flush cattle rustlers and other criminal elements out of the State.

Cattle rustling has become an emerging security challenge that has continued to threaten human security and economic activities in the rural pastoralists’ communities and commercial farms in Kaduna State, and some other parts of Northern Nigeria.

The human cost associated with such attacks is immense, as several herders and farmers have been killed by the armed bandits.

Early this year, the livestock raiders attacked about six farms in a span of one week in Kachia Local Government Area and stole over a hundred cattle, killing one herdsman.

Within the same period, the thieves invaded another farm in Dinki village along the Kaduna-Zaria road, where they stole about 105 cattle including sheep and goats. A security guard on duty also lost his life during the attack.

The thieves attacked herders’ camps in Jere Town and adjoining towns in April this year, where they stole about 203 cattle also in two days.

Most of the animal rustlers in Kaduna and neighbouring states live in the thick forest of Kamuku, in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state, according to security operatives.

Worried over the growing rate of the crime in the state, the state government inaugurated a committee comprising of security operatives from the Nigerian Police, Army and Air Force. So far, their operations have started yielding positive result, with huge recoveries made.

Mr Yusuf, who is the Governor’s security adviser, explained that the recovery was made possible through intelligence information from members of the public.

He applauded the contribution of security operatives in ensuring that  the activities of rustlers and other criminals were reduced to the barest minimum across the state.

He also added that security agents in the state had so far recovered over 19, 000 cows since the government began efforts to rid the state of cattle rustlers over a year ago adding that the outfit had set up collation centres for the recovered animals in Birnin Gwari, Zaria, Kachia and Jere.

“Recently, there were two operations conducted by our operatives. The first operation was conducted in October 2016, which recovered 95 animals, then the second and third operations were conducted on the 28 and 29 of the same month where we recovered a total of 312 cows. This operation was conducted by our Sector one of Operation Yaki which comprises of Nigerian Army, Police and the Navy that are in Kachia. It was as a result of the information that we got from people that led to the successful operation.

“We most especially commend the leadership of Miyetti Allah in Kaduna State. They are doing a good job, they led us into this operation and we made these recovery.

“Today in Jere, we are handing over 144 animals we recovered from rustlers to their owners. The operation was very successful, and I want to thank security operatives for their effort, because it is a great achievement. We also appreciate the leadership of Miyetti Allah for their cooperation and for given us useful information that led to the successful operation”.

A major boost to the operation is the recovery of over 600 stolen cows by the operatives of the Nigerian Air Force under the ‘Operation SHARAN DAJI’.

The commander of 335 Base Group, who handed over the recovered animals to representative of the Kaduna State government at the Air Force Base in Mando, Air Commodore Bello Garba , says the operation is in line with the directive of the Chief of Air Staff .

He pledges the continuous support of security agencies in bringing animal rustling to an end.

“You will recall that about two months ago that the Chief of Air Staff reiterated the fact that the Nigerian Airforce will continue to give full support as regards to internal security in Kaduna State.

“And about four weeks ago, I handed over some stolen vehicles and some cultists called Sara Suka that killed and hacked some people to the Commissioner of Police.

“We will not relent in our effort, we will continue our search for the bandits. We are taking the war to them. And that was what led to our successful operation at Rima village where we recovered over 600 stolen cows from the rustlers. Rima village is a thick forest and that was where we caught those bandits,” Air Commodore Garba said.

After Air Commodore Garba spoke, members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, led by Mr Ahmadu Sulaiman, commend the security agencies and Kaduna State government for their effort in flushing rustlers out of the state.

Attacks on pastoralists have become a reoccurring thing in Kaduna State and in most cases herders’ camps are displaced.

The emergence of the joint task force operation against cattle rustling and armed banditry, Operation SHARAN DAJI, had given impetus to efforts to bring the crimes to the barest minimum.

JTF Recovers Rustled Cows From Suspected Benue Gang Leader

jtf, Rustled Cows, Benue, Gang LeaderThe Joint Security Task Force has recovered 14 rustled cattle from the alleged kidnap den of the wanted suspect and gang leader, Terwase Akwaza, popularly called ‘Ghana’ in Benue state.

The Benue State Commissioner Of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, while briefing journalists in Makurdi, the state capital, said that the police have made serious efforts to speed up the arrest of the suspect.

According to him, ‘Ghana’ will be arrested on charges of murder and kidnap.

After investigations, the police discovered that the recovered cattle are only among the over 3,000 cattle allegedly rustled by the suspect.

Mr. Makama stated that the joint security almost caught the wanted gang leader, but noted, however, that ‘Ghana’ was only fortunate to have sensed the approaching security forces, who got stuck on a bad road within his hide out.

FG To Inaugurate Committee On Prison Reform

prisonThe Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Dambazau, says that a committee on the Reformation of Prisons will be soon inaugurated.

The Minister said that the development is part of efforts by the Federal Government to decongest and secure prison facilities across the country.

He made the disclosure on Monday during a meeting with the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, at the Government House in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria.

The Interior Minister said that the committee would come up with the ways of rehabilitating the prisons in line with global best practices.

He added that the Ministry of Interior would collaborate with the Kaduna State government on the decongestion and rehabilitation of the convict prison that was built over 100 years ago.

Mr Dambazau also promised to lead the ministry to partner with the state government to tackle the menace of cattle rustling, kidnapping and herdsmen attacks.

Governor El-Rufai on his part commended the support and contribution of the paramilitary agencies in the fight against crime in the state.

He further requested for the relocation of the Kaduna convict prison from its present location in the state capital to a more suitable place on the outskirts of the town.

The Governor hinted that his administration has been conducting periodic jail delivery and granting of amnesty to prisoners with minor offences, in order to decongest the prisons in the state.

Kaduna to Mount CCTV, Drones At Public Places

Drones, CCTVThe Kaduna State Government says it has commenced the process of installing Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) monitors at designated points in the state capital, as well as deploying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) to tackle crime in the state.

Coordinator of the state’s anti-crime outfit known as “Operation Yaki”, Colonel Yakubu Yusufu, disclosed this to newsmen.

According to him, the mounting of CCTV at various locations and the deployment of drones for aerial surveillance at flash points would check crime and give the masses a sense of security, thereby enhancing socio-economic activities.

He explained that security operatives would also further be trained to launch the fresh onslaught against criminals in the state.

Meanwhile, the state government has handed over the 403 stolen cows recovered by security operatives to their owners.

The coordinator of the security outfit, said that the 403 rustled cows had been recovered within the last one month.

Similarly, the State Police Command has arrested over 40 armed robbery suspects who specialize in snatching of cars, cattle rustling and stealing household items.

 

19-Year-Old Apprehended For Possessing Firearms In Taraba

Firearms, TarabaThe Taraba State Police Command, has apprehended a 19-year-old suspect in possession of ammunition and dangerous weapons.

Police Commissioner in the state, Shaba Alkali, while briefing journalists in his office stated that a special squad involved in mopping up of firearms in the state arrested the suspect.

He said that suspects involved in several crimes ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling as well as unlawful possession of firearms were also arrested.

The Police Commissioner, speaking on the command’s achievement in fighting crime explained that suspects currently in Police custody for various offences would be charged to court..

He said that the success rate of crime fighting in the state has increased following the introduction of the special squad in collaboration with the vigilante group and the public.

He went ahead to read the riot act to criminal elements still operating in the state.

He said further that maintaining the tempo in ridding the state of criminal elements requires the combined efforts of security agents and the public.

Borno Govt. Criminalizes Cattle Import To Check Terror Funding

CattleThe Borno State Government has criminalised the import of cattle into the state or sale of dried meat.

The embargo followed recent discovery that Boko Haram terrorists now sell stolen cattle to fund terror.

Governor Kashim Shettima has also imposed a civil-military management in cattle market in Maiduguri to enforce stringent conditions in slaughter houses.

This is contained in a government house statement issued by Media Adviser to the Governor, Isa Gusau.

According to the statement, a new management made up of representatives of the Nigerian military, Police, the Department of State Security, Civilian JTF and Government officials has now been assigned to take full charge of the market and henceforth scrutinize sources of all cattle and delay slaughter of certified cattle.

“Our security agencies have reasonably established that most of the cattle being traded at the markets were the direct proceeds of cattle rustling perpetrated by Boko Haram insurgents which were sold at prohibitive costs to unsuspecting customers through some unscrupulous middlemen who use underhand ploy to deliberately disguise the transactions as legitimate.”

The Governor said that the discovery led to the temporary closure of the market by security agencies in the state.

“The new management committee is to device strategies to ascertain the sources of all cattle being traded and slaughtered at the cattle markets; ensure that a mandatory period of three to four days is observed on all cattle sold before they are sent to the slaughter house in order to enable interested parties to inspect them,” The Governor said.

“Importation of cattle to the state capital through all routes by all sources, other than the Cattle Traders Association is hereby suspended for two weeks from the date of this inauguration.

“In the same vein, the sale of dried meat has been banned as it has been observed that criminal elements resort to this method to legitimize their dubious activities which ultimately end up in funding the activities of the insurgents.

“The Governor forbids all trading activities at the Gamboru cattle markets, Dusuman, Shuwari and Ngom are suspended until further notice.”

The Governor presented cheques of 100 million Naira to leadership of the cattle traders and butchers to serve as bailout to thousands of law abiding traders who have been thrown out of business following the recent steps taken.

The members are to use the funds to purchase legitimate cattle that are to be subjected to investigations by the new management committee of cattle markets.

Kano Police Parades Suspects, Recovers Items Worth 5bn Naira

land grabbers-policeKano State Police Command has seized drugs worth five billion Naira and recovered 10,000 unregistered intoxicating drugs. 

Items recovered from the suspects include; 532 parcels of Indian hemp valued at 2.5 million Naira, large quantity of cocaine to be sold at over 2.2 billion Naira, rifles of different caliber, 250 stolen rice, cars and motorcycles

Presenting the items to the state Governor, the Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, said that 45 suspects with arms were arrested, while 13 people caught with fake passport were apprehended.

According to the state Police Commissioner, having cleared Falgore Forest off the cattle rustlers, it now became necessary to put Kano among the least drug consuming state in Nigeria.

Receiving the exhibits from the Police, the state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, expressed his government’s interest over the cases related to drug abuse, armed robbery and cattle rustling.

The Governor explained that the state government will not seat back while courts releases convicted criminals only to go back to their crimes.

Meanwhile, 12 youths from Edo State who were arrested with fake passport travelling to Libya, told the governor that they decided to leave Nigeria due to unemployment.

He requested that the State Chief Security Officer should temper justice with mercy and return them to their state.

In the meantime, the Police said it will hand the suspects over to relevant authorities for necessary prosecution while they continue their unsought against criminals in the state.