...Re­cov­ers rus­tled cows, secures pay­ment for dam­aged farm

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hir Joseph, Jos

The Spe­cial Task Force (STF) re­cov­ered two sets of cat­tle af­ter its of­fi­cers and men pur­sued some syn­di­cates in parts of Barkin Ladi LGA of Plateau State, the spokesman said yes­ter­day.

The STF also said it se­cured cash com­pen­sa­tion for a farmer who lost crop to il­le­gal graz­ing af­ter a herder drove his cat­tle into a farm in Rakun vil­lage of Barkin Ladi LGA.

Cap­tain Ikedichie Iweha said in a state­ment that the STF re­cently re­named Op­er­a­tion Safe Haven (OPSH) en­gaged the rustlers and re­cov­ered the cat­tle af­ter an ex­change of fire first at Lu­gare vil­lage of Barkin Ladi and Pinau vil­lage of Wase LGA, re­cov­er­ing 66 cows and 22 sheep.

He said while 52 cows and the 22 sheep be­longed to one Al­haji Sale Bala of Lu­gare vil­lage, 14 cows be­longed to one Mr. Nan­bol Nimyel of Pinau vil­lage.

He said the rustlers split up the cows and led them away in small groups but tipoffs from con­cerned per­sons led to their re­cov­ery.

He said the cat­tle were re­turned to the own­ers with the fa­cil­i­ta­tion Al­lah.

The state­ment said the troops re­strained the move­ment of cat­tle be­long­ing to one Al­haji Ab­dulka­rim Adamu af­ter a com­plaint was lodged with them by one Mr. Thomas Chol­lom of Rakun vil­lage that his farm was de­stroyed.

“A meet­ing was ar­ranged be­tween both par­ties by per­son­nel of OPSH and N50,000 was es­ti­mated and paid to Mr Chol­lom by Al­haji Ab­dulka­rim be­fore the cat­tle were re­leased to their owner,” the state­ment added.



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