Po­lice de­ploy track­ing tech­nol­ogy to curb cat­tle rustling

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Nige­ria Po­lice Force (NPF) yes­ter­day un­veiled the cat­tle own­er­ship iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and track­ing tech­nol­ogy to cur­tail cat­tle rustling in the coun­try.

In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP) Ibrahim Idris had on De­cem­ber 13, 2016 in­au­gu­rated a na­tional Im­ple­men­ta­tion Com­mit­tee on the Cur­tail­ment of Cat­tle Rustling in Nige­ria.

The IGP, who was rep­re­sented at the un­veil­ing of the track­ing tech­nol­ogy by Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral (DIG) Fo­luso Ade­banjo, said the com­mit­tee was tasked to iden­tify and im­ple­ment strate­gies to stop cat­tle rustling.

He said through the use of con­sul­tants en­gaged by the com­mit­tee, a tool was de­vel­oped that would en­able proper an­i­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and track­ing.

“This would elim­i­nate the seem­ingly in­tractable na­tional men­ace of cat­tle rustling and pas­toral­ist-farm­ers clashes with is se­cu­rity im­pli­ca­tions on na­tional growth,” he said.

Ear­lier, in his wel­come ad­dress, the chair­man of the Im­ple­men­ta­tion Com­mit­tee, As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Gen­eral (AIG) Charles Ugo­muoh said the job of the com­mit­tee was be­ing car­ried out through pro­vid­ing an­i­mal load­ing and of­fload­ing per­mits.

Also, ad­her­ence to the use of des­ig­nated cat­tle stock routes, in­sti­tu­tion­al­iza­tion of us­age of des­ig­nated graz­ing re­serves and cor­ri­dors, and proper cat­tle own­er­ship iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, trac­ing and track­ing of an­i­mals by us­ing tech­nol­ogy.

He said the elec­tronic track­ing tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped for the po­lice would not only erad­i­cate cat­tle rustling but make it non-prof­itable and unattrac­tive.

He added that the data gen­er­ated by the tool would pro­duce ac­tual pop­u­la­tion cen­sus and de­mog­ra­phy of our na­tional herds rather than es­ti­mated fig­ures.

Photo: Shehu Goro

File Photo: Kaduna State Po­lice Com­mand pa­rades some sus­pects over armed rob­bery, kid­nap­ping, rape, car snatch­ing, steal­ing and sara suka in Kaduna re­cently.

IGP Ibrahim Idris

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