12 people, 1,199 cat­tle lost to rustling in Plateau

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From On­imisi Alao, Jos

The Spe­cial Task Force (STF) in Plateau State said yes­ter­day that cat­tle rustlers stole 2,501 cat­tle and killed 12 people be­tween Septem­ber 2013 and now, but that it re­cov­ered a to­tal of 1,312 cat­tle, leav­ing 1,199 cat­tle still miss­ing.

The STF com­man­der, Maj. Gen. David Enetie, who spoke at a peace di­a­logue or­gan­ised by the Plateau State govern­ment and a Non Gov­ern­men­tal Or­ga­ni­za­tion, Search for Com­mon Ground, said the losses were in­curred in 42 cases of rustling mainly in Jos South, Riyom, Barkin-Ladi, Lang­tang and Wase Lo­cal Govern­ment Ar­eas of the state.

The di­a­logue, which took place at the Cab­i­net Of­fice hall of the Joseph Gomwalk Sec­re­tariat in Jos, also at­tracted a pre­sen­ta­tion from a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Chris Og­bonna of Di­a­logue, Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion & Peace Cen­tre, who ad­vised the gen­eral pub­lic to re­gard cat­tle rustlers as crim­i­nal el­e­ments and not nec­es­sar­ily as Fu­lani cat­tle breed­ers.

In their sep­a­rate re­marks, Gover­nor Jonah Jang’s Spe­cial Ad­viser on Peace Build­ing & Con­flict Man­age­ment, Bar­ris­ter Baba Par­long, whose of­fice co­or­di­nated the di­a­logue on be­half of the govern­ment, as well as the Coun­try Di­rec­tor of Search for Com­mon Ground, Mr Chom Bagu, can­vassed un­bro­ken di­a­logue, say­ing there is no al­ter­na­tive to di­a­logue in any so­ci­ety that de­sires progress.


From right: Su­per­vis­ing Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Barr. Nye­son Wike; Kaduna state Deputy-Gover­nor, Am­bas­sador Nuhu Audu Ba­joga; Di­rec­tor Tech­nol­ogy and Sci­ence Ed­u­ca­tion, En­gi­neer Michael Kaku Ofor and Di­rec­tor of Poly­tech­nics, Mrs. Hin­datu Ab­dul­lahi, at a re­treat for chair­men, mem­bers of gov­ern­ing coun­cils, prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers of Federal Polytech­nic and col­leges of Ed­u­ca­tion in Kaduna yes­ter­day. SHEHU K. GORO

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