Cat­tle rustlers turn aban­doned Zuma Rock Ho­tel to abat­toir

Daily Trust - - CRIME - By Adam Umar

The aban­doned Zuma Rock Ho­tel in Niger State is now be­ing used by some cat­tle rustlers and their butch­ers as an abat­toir.

A gang of sus­pected rustlers op­er­at­ing along Abuja and Niger State bound­aries was re­port­edly tracked down on Satur­day by the mem­bers of the Suleja Emi­rate Vig­i­lante at the aban­doned ho­tel.

They were said to be in the process of butcher­ing a rus­tled cow when they were ap­pre­hended.

A vig­i­lante source in Suleja told Daily Trust that a butcher and a mo­tor­cy­clist, who used to dis­trib­ute meats butchered from stolen cows to some meat sell­ers at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions within the axis, were also ar­rested at the scene.

Leader of the vig­i­lante group in the area, Muham­mad Ali, in­formed our reporter that some res­i­dents of the area had ear­lier re­ported sus­pi­cious move­ments of the peo­ple, who usu­ally brought cows into the facilty. Also, a com­mu­nity leader in the area, Us­man Dahiru, said a group of some headers, whose two of their cows were stolen along Kaduna road, traced one of the stolen cows to a com­pound at the nearby Chachi vil­lage.

He said the group stormed their area around 6.00 a.m. on Satur­day to search for the other cow, us­ing its foot­steps.

Ac­cord­ing to him, this led them into the premises of Zuma Rock Ho­tel, where they caught the said butcher, Yakubu Baba Dakwa and one Bello Lawal, who is al­leged to be sup­ply­ing the meat to some meat sell­ers. The com­mu­nity leader said though most of the slaugh­tered cow’s parts have al­ready been dis­trib­uted by the mo­tor­cy­clist be­fore their ar­rival, the owner of the butchered cow was able to iden­tify it through its head, which was yet to be taken away.

He said the an­gry cow owner had in­tended to set the two sus­pects ablaze when the vig­i­lante group ar­rived and saved them from the jun­gle jus­tice.

The vig­i­lante leader, Muham­mad Ali, fur­ther dis­closed that the butcher told them that he was yet to set­tle the rustlers, who brought the cows the agreed amount of N50, 000.

He said the vig­i­lantes di­rected the ar­rested butch­ers to put a call to the rustlers for their money and that four of them came to the scene and two of them were promptly ar­rested while the other two es­caped.

‘’Two of the rustlers es­caped on ar­rival af­ter sus­pect­ing a foul play but the other two sus­pects, Ibrahim Yusufu and Dahiru Yusufu were suc­cess­fully ar­rested,’’ the vig­i­lante leader said.

He hinted that all the four sus­pects were handed over to the po­lice at the Sabo Wuse Po­lice Divi­sion in Niger State, adding that ef­forts are on to trace the two flee­ing sus­pects and other mem­bers of the gang.

When con­tacted, the po­lice area com­man­der in charge of Suleja, Abubakar Ya­haya, an As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner, con­firmed the in­ci­dent but said fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on.

Pic Adam Umar

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