Over 500 cows have been seized from some suspected cattle rustlers and 15 suspects were arrested in Lapai local government of Niger State by Police.
The State police command’s spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana, in an interview with disclosed that the police on the strength of information raided Cattle rustlers at Pongu Daji, Lapai local government.
He then assured citizens that the force would sustain the tempo of making the state free from all kinds of criminality.
Elkana added that two double barrel guns, 124 rustled cattle and 36 sheep, were recovered during the three-day operation where a notorious kidnapper and cattle rustler, who has escaped in Zamfara state, Alhaji Muhammadu Umaru, was also arrested with members of his gang.
According to the PPRO, the arrest was made after a well-coordinated operation that lasted for six hrs at Rugan Mugu and Dogon Ruwa, a boundary community with FCT Abuja, notorious for cattle rustling and kidnapping activities in Lapai Local government Area.
He then stated that the case was under investigation and suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.
The Lapai local government Chairman, Usman Mohammed, Legal Adviser to Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, North Central Zone, Barrister Abubakar Isah and the Vice President, Miyetti Allah of Nigeria, Hussaini Yusuf, all expressed appreciation to the Niger State police command for the achievement and called for the identification of the rightful owners and immediate release of their cattle.
The Vice President noted that the national body of the association, would soon embark on a sensitization of its people down the state and local levels on the resistance of the bad habits, while advising the youths to stop the trend.