Army ‘re­cov­ers 20,000 cows in North-West’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Isa Sa’idu, Zaria

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen­eral Yusuf Bu­ratai, yesterday said the army’s ef­fort against crim­i­nals in the North-west had yielded re­sults with the re­cov­ery of about 20,000 stolen cows.

Rep­re­sented by the Gen­eral Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing (GOC) 1 Di­vi­sion, Ma­jor Gen­eral Adeniyi Oye­bade, at the emir of Zaz­zau’s palace in Zaria, Bu­ratai said while the mil­i­tary was try­ing to elim­i­nate Boko Haram from the North-east be­fore the De­cem­ber pres­i­den­tial dead­line, at­ten­tion was also be­ing paid to elim­i­nat­ing cat­tle rustling.

“Another is­sue is cat­tle rustling. Cat­tle busi­ness is a se­ri­ous busi­ness in north­ern Nige­ria, as such, it has at­tracted a lot of crim­i­nals who are steal­ing hun­dreds and thou­sands of cows that are sold into the mar­ket il­le­gally. As I speak, the Nige­rian Army is in op­er­a­tion in the en­tire North­west code-named Sha­ran Daji to en­sure that all ban­dits and cat­tle rustlers are flushed out.

“I want to tell you that as at last week, we ar­rested and killed many rustlers and we have re­cov­ered close to 20,000 cat­tle. We will con­tinue to do that. The op­er­a­tion is co-funded by some states in the North-west, it will be rounded off very soon”.

Re­spond­ing, the Emir of Zaz­zau, Al­haji Shehu Idris, thanked the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for putting many mil­i­tary for­ma­tions in the Zaz­zau emi­rate. He also thanked the army for as­sist­ing the emi­rate in han­dling se­cu­rity chal­lenges, say­ing the emi­rate was en­joy­ing peace. Lt Gen­eral Bu­ratai also said as a re­sult of the mil­i­tary suc­cesses against Boko Haram in the North-east, its mem­bers were flee­ing to the North-west where he warned they would also be routed out.

“I want to re­port to you that we are em­ploy­ing all re­sources at our dis­posal to make sure we drive Boko Haram out of this land. This is in line with the pres­i­dent’s di­rec­tive to crush them on or be­fore De­cem­ber. Be­cause of the fact that the in­sur­gents are find­ing it very hot in the North-east, they are try­ing to move into the North-west. In the past two or three hours, we picked about three of them here in the North-west. We will con­tinue to track them, we will con­tinue with our sur­veil­lance and pick them”, he said. Al­haji Shehu Idris as­sured of his co­op­er­a­tion.

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