Kwara State Police Command has disclosed that it had arrested six suspected cattle rustlers and two thieves of 64 domestic animals in various parts of the state.
Police spokesperson in the state, ASP Ajayi Okasanmi stated this while parading the suspects at the weekend, saying that the cattle rustlers were intercepted at Oke-Ode area in Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state on July 24 this year, carrying 11 cattle in Mitsubishi Canter truck with registration number Lagos LSD 795.
According to him, “On interrogation, the suspects could not give any satisfactory account of themselves. This triggered the suspicion of the detectives and on interrogation, they confessed to have stolen the cows.
“They also confessed that they were syndicate comprising of both Fulani and Yoruba extraction. They sell their stolen cows in Igbeti and Ibadan in Oyo state.‎”
Okasanmi said that investigation had established the owner of the truck and the receivers, adding that the command also arrested two domestic animal thieves at Ganmo in Ifelodun LGA of the state on August 2 this year at 5:40am in a taxi with registration number, Kwara X5 498 LRN while conveying two goats.
“On interrogation, it was revealed that they have been involved for a long time in stealing of domestic animals while the owners were asleep.
“Investigations took the detectives to the receiver of the stolen goats at Elerinjare, Idofian, who took to his heels on sighting the detectives while abandoning 10 rams, 61 goats and one vehicle,” he said.
Also, Okasanmi said that policemen in Osi Ekiti, while acting on a tip off intercepted one Garba Umar, male, a butcher, resident of Oke Oja in Ekiti State alongside the driver of a vehicle allegedly used in conveying a stolen cow from a Fulani camp near Obbo Ayegunle of Ekiti LGA of Kwara State.
“The vehicle, a panel van car with registration number Ekiti AH 610 ADK was also impounded,” he said, adding that the suspects would soon appear in court.
Okasanmi said that any person whose domestic animals were recently missing should come to the State CID in the Police headquarters to establish ownership and collection without delay.

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