IN ORDER to checkmate incessant cases of cattle rustling, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the arrest of truck drivers without loading and off-loading permits, stressing that the police would collaborate with different stakeholders to checkmate cattle rustling and animal theft in the country.
Idris, who issued the order in Abuja, yesterday, during a stakeholder’s forum on curtailing cattle rustling in Nigeria, noted that the issue of cattle rustling has become a national menace leading to the destruction of lives and property in various parts of the country. “It is our desire that this gathering will assist in providing more measures for us to curb cattle rustling and animal theft. It is therefore necessary for us to seek collaborative efforts involving all stakeholders to tackle this menace. Truck drivers must show their loading and off- loading permits and in default will risk arrest by the Nigeria Police Force,“he said. The police chief said with the assistance of stakeholders in the chain of cattle movement and application of relevant laws, cattle rustling could be drastically reduced. He implored participants to utilise the opportunity to come up with modalities to address the issue. Meanwhile, President, Veterinary Council of Nigeria, Prof. Garba Sharubutu, said the use of force is not a solution to check cattle rustling. Sharubutu called for dedicated security personnel to be stationed in the forest where breeders rear their cattle. He also blamed traditional and religious leaders for not playing their roles effectively by reporting strange faces in their communities to security personnel. The president said there is need for a comprehensive security policy to include all security agencies in the fight against cattle rustling. He called for the establishment of a special unit by the police for effective control of animal control posts. Sharubutu noted that the absence of functional livestock control posts in the control is worrisome. Also, the Organising Secretary, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Aliyu Saleh, said majority of cattle rustlers were Fulanis. He noted that the use of force by security personnel cannot solve the problem of cattle rustling. “Majority of these cattle rustlers are Fulanis, the only people that can get them is the Fulanis, use of force cannot get them. We have our own way of getting them and we have forwarded our proposal to the IGP for consideration,“he said. He said the association had prepared a way-bill to control the movement of cattle and expects enforcement by the police.

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