Police deploy tracking technology to curb cattle rustling
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.
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