Security Operatives Recover Over 300 Stolen Cows

Cattle-Rustling-KAnoSecurity operatives attached to the ‘Operation Yaki’ security outfit in Kaduna State, have recovered over 300 cows and other animals stolen by rustlers in various parts of the state.

During the handover of the recovered animals to their owners, a spokesman for the Governor, Colonel Yusuf Yakubu, told reporters that the animals were stolen from herdsmen and later recovered from the rustlers at two villages in Kachia Local Government Area of the state where they were hidden.

Colonel Yakubu explained that the recovery was made possible through intelligence information from members of the public.

He says the operation is part of efforts by the state government to curtail armed banditry, insurgency and other related crimes in the state.

According to him, the recovered animals were being handed over to their owners after thorough scrutiny.

He applauded the contribution of security operatives in ensuring that 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 17, 000 cows since the government began efforts to rid the state of cattle rustlers over a year ago.

The outfit had set up collation centres for the recovered animals in Birnin Gwari, Zaria, Kachia and Jere.

Colonel Yakubu said: “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 Nigerian Army, Police and the Navy that are in Kachia.

“The information that we got from people 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”.

The North West Chairman of Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Ahmadu Sulaiman, commended the security agencies and Kaduna State government for their commitment to rid the state of cattle rustlers.

Troops Kill Suspected Cattle Rustlers In North-west Nigeria

Catle RustlersTroops of Operation Sharan Daji counteringĀ cattle rustling, armed banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities in various states in North-western Nigeria have killed several suspected rustlers in the region.

In Zamfara State, four suspected cattle rustlers were killed while 16 others were wounded. Three others were arrested in the operation described as a major successes against the rustlers, by the spokesman for the army, Colonel Sani Usman.

Colonel Usman said seven rustlers’ camps were destroyed while 486 livestock were recovered.

“Two machetes, three AK-47 rifles and four AK-47 rifle magazines were also recovered from the criminals,” the army spokesman said.

Addressing reporters after the recoveries, the General Officer Commanding, the One Division of the Nigerian Army urged the residents of the state to report armed bandits and cattle rustlers to security operatives.

“We must take out these bad elements from our midst,” he said.

In Katsina State, the troops killed five suspected cattle rustlers, arrested two others and destroyed five camps.

They also recovered an AK-47 rifle, four locally manufactured guns and 12 machetes. At least 116 livestock from the rustlers.

He said one of the soldiers sustained injury and is receiving to treatment.

In Kaduna State, the troops also recovered 305 livestock, two locally made pistols, three bows and arrows and four machetes. The troops killed two armed suspected rustlers, arrested seven and destroyed six camps belonging to the criminals.

In Kano State’s Doguwa forest, one suspected rustler was killed and the rustlers’ camp destroyed. The troops also recovered 126 cattle, 331 sheep, 10 donkeys and three camels from the rustlers.

Deep operations by troops of one Division of the Nigerian Army in conjunction with other security agencies, deployed in the various States are ongoing to flush out kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other armed criminals.