Nigerian Military Declares War on Rustlers in 4 States

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  • Livestocks Recovered, Camps Destroyed

Troops of Operation Sharan Daji engaged in anti-cattle rustling, armed banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities in various states of the North-western part of the country, have recorded yet major successes against rustlers, killing several of them, destroyed their camps and recovered many livestock, arms and ammunitions.

In a statement signed by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Acting Director Army Public Relations stated that in; “In Zamfara State, the troops killed 4 rustlers, wounded 16, arrested 3 and destroyed 7 of their camps. The troops also recovered 486 livestock, 2 machetes, 3 AK-47 rifles and 4 AK-47 rifle magazines from the criminals.”

According to him; “In Katsina State, the troops killed 5 rustlers, arrested 2 of them and destroyed 5 camps. They also recovered an AK-47 rifle, 4 locally manufactured guns and 12 machetes . The troops also recovered 116 livestock from the rustlers. Unfortunately, one of the soldiers sustained injury and is receiving to treatment.

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“In Kaduna State the troops also recovered 305 livestock, 2 locally made pistols, 3 bows and arrows and 4 machetes. The troops killed 2 armed rustlers, arrested 7 and destroyed 6 camps belonging to the criminals.

Also in Kano State’s Doguwa forest, one rustler was killed and the rustlers’ camp destroyed. The troops also recovered 126 cattle, 331 sheep, 10 donkeys and 3 camels from the rustlers.

Deep operations by troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army in conjunction with other security agencies, deployed in the various States are ongoing to flush out kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other armed criminals.”

 

2 Comments
  1. Ahmed Ibrahim says

    A very sensitive and misunderstood dispute/crimes. The Governments at all level should handle this issue of the Cattle rustling with its attendant dispute/ crime with atmost caution and care. The scenario is not what we see. Cattle rustling and Farmer/Fulani dispute is as old this Country. The Government and all Stakeholders must find out the genesis of this crisis if a solution to stop/minimise same is intended. What are Economic benefit of these Crimes/Dispute, who benefit and who is not playing his/her role Government, Community/Religious Leaders ? What do think can warrant arresting any Fulani man in a Market place to kill and burn him to ashes and a group of Fulani armed men to attack a Village, kill and burn almost everything there to ashes. How do these Fulanis get these dangerous and high calibre arms ? What is making these dispute and crimes to continue ? What is the role of poverty, illiteracy and ethnicity/religion in this ? For now, do we care to ascertain beyond reasonable doubt that those being arrested are Cattle rustlers and those being handed over the so-call recovered animals are true and rightful owners. Is the Government or Authority not helping thieves to steal from innocent but armed Nomads ?

  2. Ahmed Ibrahim says

    A very sensitive and misunderstood dispute/crimes. The Governments at all level should handle this issue of the Cattle rustling with its attendant dispute/crimes with utmost caution and care. The Scenarios are not what we see. Cattle rustling and Farmers/Fulani dispute is as old as this Country. The Governments and all Stakeholders must find out the genesis of this crisis if a solution to stop or minimise same is intended. What are the Economic benefit of these Crimes/disputes,who benefit and who is not playing his/her role whether it is the Government , Community/Religious Leaders and groups ? What do we think can warrant arresting any Fulani man in a Market place to kill and burn him to ashes and a group of Fulani armed men to attack a Village, kill the inhabitants and burn almost everything there to ashes. How do these Fulani get these dangerous and high calibre arms ? What is making these dispute and crimes to continue ? What is the role of poverty,illiteracy and ethnicity/religion in this. For now, do we care to ascertain beyond reasonable doubt that those being arrested/killed are Cattle rustlers and the so-call recovered animals are being handed over to the true and rightful owners ? Is the Government or Authority not easily helping another group of thieves to steal from some innocent but armed Nomads ? Is force really the solution to this dispute/Crime ? Am happy to recently hear the Hon. Minister of Agric with some real solutions. May those fuelling the Crisis intentionally and others doing so ignorantly permit him to test these measures.

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