Katsina state governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has pledged that his administration would end the problem of cattle rustling in the state by December this year.
Receiving the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman over the weekend at Government House, Masari said additional troops of army and mobile policemen would be deployed to Rugu forest to clear the forest which is a hideout for cattle rustlers.
Masari said the war against cattle rustling by his administration had recorded a remarkable achievement as many cattle rustlers were arrested while about 1.5 million cows and sheep were recovered and handed over to their owners.
He said his administration had commenced in-depth investigation to identify sponsors of cattle rustling, especially in the seven local government councils affected by the problem.
The governor warned that any person aiding cattle rustling in the state would be dealt with decisively no matter his position in government or society.
Masari warned vigilante groups against jungle justice on suspected criminals or cattle rustlers, advising them to always handover suspected criminals to security agents for proper investigation.
He said, to ensure adequate security at rural areas, his administration had resolved to work and empower ward and village heads for identification of suspected criminals.
Masari said henceforth, registration of birth and death would be reintroduced to assist government have population of any community or village.
He assured people of the state that his administration had come up with four-year plan to improved education, health, and the agricultural sectors.
Masari said the four year plan would be implemented after presentation of a budget to the state House of Assembly.
Earlier, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman advised the state government to work with senior citizens of the state to address problems faced by the state.
Usman further advised government to work with traditional rulers to improve security especially at the rural areas.
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