Rustling: 4,000 cat­tle, sheep re­cov­ered in Sokoto

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - From Sokoto Rakiya A.Muham­mad,

Over 4,000 live­stock have been re­cov­ered from rustlers in Sokoto, Com­man­dant of the Nige­rian Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps (NSCDC) in the state, Ba­bangida Dutsin-ma Ab­dul­lahi, said.

“We were able to res­cue over 2,000 cat­tle and al­most the same num­ber of sheep and they have been handed over to their own­ers,” he stated.

Ab­dul­lahi said the is­sues of rustling and kid­nap­ping led to the es­tab­lish­ment of a joint se­cu­rity task­force op­er­a­tion tagged ‘Op­er­a­tion Har­mony’ spon­sored by the state gov­ern­ment.

“We started in Rabah and Tureta lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas, later we ex­tended to Sabon Birni, Isa and Goronyo. Two days to Sal­lah, we moved to Kebbe be­cause there were some ar­eas such as Sabon Gida vil­lage which are be­ing ter­rorised by ban­dits. Po­lice­men were mo­bilised and since then they have been work­ing 24 hours a day,” he said.

He said they ap­pre­hended some ban­dits, in­clud­ing lead­ers of two no­to­ri­ous groups.

Ab­dul­lahi stressed the need for res­i­dents to pro­vide se­cu­rity per­son­nel with use­ful in­for­ma­tion which could help to curb crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

The com­man­dant de­scribed the re­cent Sal­lah fes­tiv­ity as hitch-free and lauded ef­forts of the state gov­ern­ment in prop­erly mo­bil­is­ing to­wards en­hanc­ing se­cu­rity in the state.

He noted the syn­ergy among the po­lice, Army, DSS and NSCDC.

“We teamed up to pro­vide se­cu­rity in all ar­eas, and we had a hitch free Sal­lah cel­e­bra­tion”, he said.

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