2 herders tricked to rustlers den, killed in Kaduna

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mis­bahu Bashir, Kaduna

Two herders work­ing with a lo­cal vig­i­lante group from Jere town, in Ka­garko lo­cal govern­ment area, Kaduna state in search of over 400 stolen cat­tle have been killed af­ter they were tricked into the rustlers’ den.

Cat­tle raiders have ear­lier at­tacked herders’ camps in the area and stole over 400 heads of cat­tle. They threat­ened to re­turn and abduct women and kill men in a re­newed move.

Po­lice and vig­i­lantes have gone in search of the hide­outs of the thieves in for­est ar­eas with the hope of re­cov­er­ing some of the stolen cat­tle.

The group was said to have traced the hoof­marks of the stolen herds to a for­est near Kari vil­lage shar­ing boundary with Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory.

A res­i­dent of Jere town Ab­dul­lahi Mo­hammed said the lo­cal search team in­clud­ing the herders re­ceived a mes­sage from un­known per­son say­ing that some cat­tle were sighted wan­der­ing in the out­skirt of Kari vil­lage and that those whose cat­tle were stolen could go for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. “The two herders got tricked and went to the place to iden­tify their an­i­mals, in­stead they were shot dead. Their bod­ies were re­trieved and buried yes­ter­day.”

Po­lice said they haven’t got the de­tails about the killing. “No re­port was made to that ef­fect,” po­lice pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Su­per­in­ten­dent Aminu Lawan said.

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From left: Mem­bers, Board of Trustees, Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Trust Fund (TETFUND), Chief Anna Ko­la­wole (South-West); Prof. Pa­tri­cia Donli (North-West) and Chair­man, Dr Musa Babayo, at the hand-over cer­e­mony of the for­mer act­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of TETFUND, Malam Aliyu Na’iya, to the new Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Prof. Suleiman Bo­goro in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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