Kaduna, Kano Govts Step Up Moves To End Cattle Rustling
Constitute Committee for Returning Recovered Cattles to Owners
FOLLOWING growing menace of cattle rustling plaguing northern states, Kaduna and Kano State Governments have intensified measures to eradicate the criminal activity.
Already over 174 animals were recovered by the Joint Operation Yaki Surveillance Patrol Team and the Anti-Robbery Patrol Team of Kajuru Divisional Headquarters in Kaduna.
This is just as Kano State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, disclosed that policies put in place to achieve both short term and long term results, include the “reactivation of grazing reserves in Ajingi, Kiru, Doguwa, Gaya and Kunchi local government councils of the state.”
He said plans have reached advanced stage to put all the grazing reserves to use, adding that veterinary clinics would be set up in those grazing reserves.
“The state government has sent 500 young Fulanis abroad to learn artificial insemination and other modern techniques of rearing animals. All these would go a long way in tactically fighting the menace of cattle rustling,” he stressed.
Artificial Insemination Centres, he noted, were built for reducing the menace of cattle rustling adding that when completed, many things would be reshaped.
“All the grazing reserves would be handed down to herdsmen associations, Miyetti Allah and FULDAN, while the government will also monitor how the reserves are being handled.
The Commissioner declared that the Kano State government was doing its best in collaboration with security agencies to wipe out the disturbing criminal, activity pointing out that cattle rustling had far reaching socio-economic consequences in the state.
Spokesman of Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasiru El Rufair, Mallam Samuel Aruwan, disclosed the recovery of the 174 animals in a statement Thursday.
He stated that the joint armed security troops acting on a tip-off, swiftly rushed to Lebere bush in Kajuru Local Government council of the State where they engaged on a rescue mission of the captured animals.
“The recovered animals comprises of 145 cows, 20 sheep and one 1 donkey,” the statement added pointing out that on sighting the armed security team, the rustlers took to their heels.
The government said an investigation was in progress to apprehend the fleeing rustlers while the animals that were rescued by the joint security forces were to be conveyed to the State distribution centre.