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.

Niger State Says Efforts To End Cattle Rustling Yielding Results

sani belloThe Niger State government says efforts of a committee mandated to curb the menace of cattle rustlers and other related Crimes in the state tagged “Operation Sharan Daji” have started yielding results.

The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, who set up the committee led by the Secretary to State Government SSG, Mr Shehu Umar Danyaya, said that the committee had contributed tremendously to the identification, recovery and arrests made.

After setting up the committee, the Governor mandated them to provide all the logistics to effect adequate operations by the military task force in conjunction with other security agents to bring the situation under control.

He said that the work of the committee had reduced maximally the issue of cattle rustling in Niger State, as every intelligent information received by the state government was immediately put to use to consistently provide security logistics for quick action.

So far, according to records made available to Channels Television in Minna, the state’s capital, this week a total of 118 stolen cows, 23 sheep were recovered from the cattle rustlers just as five of the suspected criminals, who were all Fulanis, were arrested with sophisticated weapons.

The recovery were in different operations of Lapai – Gulu axis of Lapai Local Government, Shamu Yambu village in Rafi Local Government respectively.

The Operation Sharan Daji Military Task Force presently operating in most of the hot spots in the state has continued to record successful progress in the last three months in Niger State, with a delegation constantly dispatched to various local governments to verify and authenticate the claims of military task force.

The achievements of the team comprising Military personnel from 31 Artillery Brigade, Nigeria Army, Minna, Police Officers, Civil Defence personnel and Vigilante Group led by the military according to record include; working harmoniously with counterpart security in the neighbouring states of Kaduna, Kebbi, Kwara, Kogi and the Federal Capital Territory for its successful operations.

Other achievements were the operations successfully carried out in Zumba, Shiroro, Bassa, Tegina, Lapai – Lambata, Zungeru, Kateregi and Lavun operations where many suspects were apprehended and recovery of cattle and weapons from the suspected criminals in the state.

The task force have commended the support of the state government for its provision of logistics and cooperation to the team and the Miyetti Allah Group, Community leaders and other stakeholders in fighting the menace of cattle rustlers in the state.

Kano Govt. Sets Up Amnesty Committee To Curb Cattle Rustling

Cattle-RustlingKano State Government has formed an amnesty committee for cattle rustlers who may wish to lay down their arms to stop cattle rustling and other criminal activates in the state.

While receiving cattle and other domestic animals recovered by the police in Kano, Governor Ganduje urged rustlers to surrender their weapons before it becomes too late.

According to Channels Television’s correspondent in the state, 71 suspects were arrested, while 21 weapons of different caliber were recovered from the miscreants.

While disclosing the success achieved in the fight against cattle rustlers in the state, the Governor said that “The days of cattle rustlers in Kano State are numbered”.

Mr. Ganduje also revealed that under the cattle rustling amnesty, the rustlers will be trained and empowered by the state government on any business suitable for their skills.

He went further to say that three Local Government Areas, which were worst hit by rustlers, have since been liberated while a joint military and police, ‘Operation Puff Adder’, is currently going on at the notorious Falgore Forest to fetch out fleeing rustlers who pose a threat to the growth and survival of rural economy in the state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, while handing over the cattle, told the Governor that the recent encounter had led to the recovery of 519 cows, 11 camels, 134 Sheep and a large quantity of drugs valued at over 61 million Naira.

The Commissioner assured the Governor that his command will not allow Kano to continue to be a haven for cattle rustlers and other criminal activities.

Benue Governor Declares Hunt Down Of Criminals

Benue Governor Declares Hunt Down Of Criminals

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has directed security agencies in the state to hunt down all criminals and gang related militia to create enabling environment for investments.

The Governor on Friday said that insecurity had affected his effort to woo foreign-direct investments to the agricultural and mineral sectors of the state’s economy.

Governor Ortom gave the directive in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State while flagging off a three-day Social and Skill Acquisition Retreat for over 1,000 ex-criminals who embraced his amnesty programme.

The training retreat, according to him, followed President Muhammadu Buhari and the United Nation’s joint approval to reform the repentant criminals to serve as a template for other African countries in ending social problems.

Agricultural Revolution Plan

The Governor expressed hopes that the amnesty programme would address both security and investment promotion concerns.

Some of the participating ex-gang members, Joseph Tyonna and Ahamgba Ati, promised to help the Benue State government overcome insecurity. They urged the government to include them in the agricultural revolution plan.

Benue State presently enjoys relative peace and tranquility as over 1,000 known criminals took up Governor Ortom’s amnesty offer and turned in over 400 assorted weapons and ammunition.

Six Northern Governors, Security Agencies Discuss Solutions To Cattle Rustling

Cattle RustlingSix governors from the north-west and north-central geo-political zones on Saturday met with the heads of security agencies of the affected states to appraise the ongoing war against cattle rustling and cross border crimes.

The meeting was held behind closed door at the Kaduna State Government House and had in attendance the governors of Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Niger States.

Briefing reporters at the end of the meeting, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, of Zamfara State, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said the States were in close collaboration with the Federal Government towards finding a lasting solution to the problem.

He said that the security operations would be expanded to focus on the forest areas where the notorious rustlers and bandits operated from.

Governor Yari, however, gave the assurance that the affected state governments were ready to provide logistic support to enhance the operations of security operatives in their effort to dislodge the rustlers that have been terrorising herdsmen and farmers over the years.

Besides the plans to enhance the security in the region, the governors have also come up with a plan on youth empowerment and job creation that will be implemented by various states to train the youth on skills acquisition in order for them not to get involved in criminal acts.

The menace of cattle rustling in most states in the north has become a nightmare for residents of the region, with over 30,000 cows and other livestock stolen by armed bandits in the past one year.

It is expected that regular meetings of this kind would go a long way in stemming the recurring cases of cattle rustling and other associated crimes in the region.

Police Boss Vows To End Cattle Rustling

Suleiman Abba.The Nigeria Police Force has set up a Task Force to tackle cases of cattle rustling and associated crimes’ in some parts of the country.

In a Statement on Wednesday, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, announced the establishment of the Task Force.

The Task Force, which has an Assistant Commissioner of Police as its Commanding Officer, will have Tactical Units at each of the six geo-political zones of the country.

“It is saddled with pre-emptive intelligence gathering, anti-cattle-rustling, allied crimes patrols and operations as well as the investigation and possible prosecution of reported incidents of cattle rustling,” the statement read.

Mr Abba expressed optimism that the effective functioning of the new Task Force would whittle down the menace of cattle rustlers, which had adversely led to untold ethno-religious and communal conflicts in the affected areas.

There have been reported cases of cattle rustling in central Nigeria and fights between the Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the region.

In line with the establishment of the Task Force, Mr Abba urged Nigerians to cooperate with the Police in their determination to provide community safety and security in all parts of the country.