Director–General of National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mike Omeri has raised the alarm over rising wave of crimes and cattle rustling in the society.
The DG stated this yesterday during a one-day public forum on the role of non state actors in peace and security, in Plateau state held at the Hill station hotel main conference Hall in Jos.
Represented by the Plateau State director of NOA, Bulus Dabit, Omeri reiterated that the greatest challenges of society range from violence and cattle rustling being perpetrated by bad elements in the society.
According to him, “ Some of the criminal tendencies include cattle rustling, poisoning of grazing grass or drinking water, killing of cattle, attack on farmers and their communities, gun running, merchandise of stolen goods, including cattle, human right abuses, assembling of Improvised Explosive Devices, IDPs, and planting them in soft targets, housing of criminal elements, most of whom are foreigners, and killing of security personnel.
He also recommended practical steps towards checking the activities of perpetrators of such acts and also redirecting their energy in productive ventures.
Omeri warned that “these criminals live in our society; they are not spirits. A criminal is somebody’s child, husband, wife, brother, sister and community member; so we need to condemn the act in its totality.
Declaring the meeting open, chairman of the occasion and Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Oki urged community leaders, youth groups, religious leaders, neighbourhood watch groups and teachers to build synergy in ensuring peace in the society.
He said government was deeply worried over the trend of unprovoked violence and the proliferation of arms in the country, appealing that all the stakeholders should put their hands together and expose such criminals.
He described cow rustling as stealing and said it is being encouraged by buyers within the society.

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