Cat­tle rustlers on ram­page, shoot 3-yr-old, sib­ling at Wako

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

Res­i­dents of Wako com­mu­nity in Kwali Area Coun­cil of the FCT were, Wed­nes­day, thrown into pan­de­mo­nium when mem­bers of a gang of cat­tle rustlers went on a ram­page and shot a three-year-old boy and his el­der brother in the night.

The fa­ther of the vic­tims, Malam Ibrahim Ab­dul­lahi, said the in­ci­dent hap­pened around 11pm when the cat­tle rustlers, who were seven in num­ber and bran­dish­ing AK-45 rif­fles, in­vaded the com­mu­nity and started shoot­ing spo­rad­i­cally.

He said he was sleep­ing in­side a tent close to where his cows num­ber­ing 123 were housed when the rustlers came, forc­ing him to hide.

Some of the rustlers, he added, went to his house and shot two of his sons, the 3-year-old Mo­hammed and Sabiu, who should have es­caped but de­cided to stay and pro­tect his tod­dler brother.

He said: “The two of my sons were sleep­ing when the rustlers started shoot­ing, head­ing to­wards the com­pound. One of them asked my son to bring out his gun and he told them he had no gun. So the rustlers con­tin­ued shoot­ing, mak­ing my son to try to run with his younger brother be­cause they were sleep­ing in the same place. That was when they opened fire on both of them, in­jur­ing them on their legs.”

He said the cat­tle rustlers, hav­ing run short of bul­lets, com­man­deered 120 cat­tle to the bush, adding, how­ever, that he sum­moned courage and fol­lowed them and saw where they hid the cat­tle.

Ac­cord­ing to him, all the 120 cows were later brought back home from the bush.

He said: “I was hid­ing when I heard one of them ask­ing an­other if they had any bul­let left, and by then three among them have al­ready moved away the cows to the bush. I sum­moned courage and trailed them and we later re­cov­ered all the cows from the bush.”

Ab­dul­lahi, said his sons, left ly­ing in the pool of their own blood, were res­cued by some neigh­bours, who took them to Abaji Gen­eral Hospi­tal that night af­ter the rustlers have fled.

When our re­porter vis­ited Abaji Gen­eral Hospi­tal, yes­ter­day, the vic­tims were seen re­ceiv­ing treat­ment, while a nurse said they will be trans­ferred to the Univer­sity of Abuja Teach­ing Hospi­tal at Gwag­wal­ada.

Also, the Etsu of Wako com­mu­nity, Al­haji Ibrahim D. Us­man, said in the night when he was about to go to bed, he heard spo­radic gun­shots, de­scrib­ing the in­ci­dent as sad.

He said: “Ini­tially, when I first heard the sound, I never ex­pected it was gun shots, but later I had to run out to call po­lice at the out­post and he told me that he, too, heard the sound of the guns and I told him to in­form the di­vi­sion at Kwali.”

The monarch said the spo­radic gun­shot by the rustlers threw the en­tire res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity into panic, ex­press­ing his con­cern that the rustlers may come back to the com­mu­nity.

“There is a like­li­hood that these gun­men may go and re­in­force and come back since they did not suc­ceed the first at­tempt and I want to ap­peal to the coun­cil au­thor­i­ties to pro­vide se­cu­rity in this com­mu­nity,” he said.

An ef­fort to get the re­ac­tion of the Kwali Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer (DPO), Mr. S.M Ibrahim, was not suc­cess­ful as he was said to be at­tend­ing a meet­ing.

But a po­lice at the sta­tion con­firmed the in­ci­dent, say­ing po­lice­men re­sponded im­me­di­ately when the di­vi­sion re­ceived a call from the com­mu­nity.

It will be re­called that Thurs­day, last week, a gang of 24 cat­tle rustlers in­vaded Paikon-Kore com­mu­nity in Gwag­wal­ada Area Coun­cil and made away with over 137 cows af­ter rap­ing a 15-year-old-girl.

PHOTO ABUBAKAR SADIQ ISAH

One of the boys shot by the cat­tle rustlers re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at the Abaji Gen­eral Hospi­tal yes­ter­day. IN­SET is the spot where the cat­tles were rus­tled.

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