Security operatives recover 286 livestock in Kaduna
• Expert berates El-Rufai over closure of churches, mission schools
AS security operatives increased offensive against cattle rustlers and other armed gangs in the state, the Kaduna State committee on the distribution of animals recaptured from cattle rustlers has returned 286 livestock to the owners at the Birnin Gwari distribution centre.
Media aide to the governor, Malam Samuel Aruwan, said that armed security operatives are intensifying efforts to rid the state of armed groups terrorising cattle owners in various communities, while providing update on the ongoing military operation against cattle rustlers operating in Kamuku and Kuyanbana forests, which cut across Kaduna, Niger, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states.
Aruwan also pointed out that the committee also returned 46 sheep to their owners after verifying their claims to be true.
Meanwhile, Aruwan further stressed that, “security operations continue in the forest areas, as the Operation Yaki Surveillance Patrol team attached to the Sabon-Gari Divisional Police Headquarters, Kaduna on 19th September, 2015 at about 3:00am received a distress call that armed robbers were operating at a house on Gwandu Road in Kaduna metropolis.
“The operatives immediately rushed to the scene where the bandits engaged them in a gun battle and as a result, the gang leader was shot dead while other members of the gang escaped with bullet wounds. Items recovered from them include one AK 47 rifle No. BE6350992 with the magazine painted in police colours and one Baretta pistol No. CB080652 – Y5054. Investigation has already commenced to track down other fleeing members of the gang.”
Meanwhile, a security expert and leader of Youths and Crime Prevention Initiative Nigeria, Mr. Opara Osita, has faulted the closure of Assemblies of God churches, mission schools and hospitals in Saminaka, Lere local council of Kaduna by the state government following the leadership crisis in the church.
Osita said that the state government should have looked for another way to resolve the crises rather than closure of these institutions.
Addressing a press conference, Osita remarked that the closure of the churches, schools and hospitals would escalate the crises rather than resolve it.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai last week directed that mission schools and hospitals belonging to the Assemblies of God Church be shut down, to avoid the leadership tussle in the church degenerating into a crisis in the state.
The churches that were shut down as a result of the crisis were the Assemblies of God Church, Nmbare and the Assemblies of God Church (Jerusalem), while the institutions affected are the Theological Seminary of Northern Nigeria (TSNN), Shalom Comprehensive College, and AGC Evangelist Hospital owned by the church.