Cattle rustlers identified as Hammanjulde Yahya, 50; Umaru Yahya, 40; Paul Samuel, 35; Juli Adamu, 30; Ibrahim Yusufa, 27; and Usumanu Buba, 25, were arrested by a military patrol team from the 20 Mechanised Battalion, Serti, operating in Mambilla, Taraba State, while they were in Nyogor forest sharing meats from cows they rustled.
Parading the suspects, the Commanding Officer of the Battalion, Lt.-Col. Sani Adamu said 30 cows were recovered from the suspects who were arrested by soldiers in Mayo-Ndaga in Sardauna Local Government Area of the state, who were in the troubled are where several persons had been killed, and hundreds of cows stolen earlier in the month.
Acting on intelligence, the soldiers invaded the forest when they got information that the cattle rustlers were in the forest.
The commanding officer told a NAN correspondent;
“When we entered the bush on Sunday, March 25, we caught them (suspects) sharing the meat of the stolen cows in Nyogor forest. Further search into the deep forest led to the recovery of 30 stolen cows, which have been handed over to community leaders in Mayo-Ndaga for proper identification by their owners.”
He concluded by advising people to live in peace, while imploring those in possession of stolen cows to quietly return them to community leaders or security agents and be pardoned.
“Those who refuse to adhere to this advice should blame themselves for whatever happens to them when they are caught,” he said.
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This is coming few weeks after the Police Command in Zamfara State announced that it had arrested five suspected kidnappers and cattle rustlers, and recovered 31 cows from them.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Muhammad Shehu, in a statement said that the two suspected cattle rustlers who on Jan. 15 attacked Tungar Dundu village in Anka Local Government Area and stole 31 cows belonging to Alhaji Mohammad Dandare, were arrested.
“As the case was reported to the police, the anti-cattle rustling team of the command swung into action and arrested two suspects in Dangurunfa, Bukkuyum Local Government Area,
“The 31 cows were recovered from the suspects and the suspects are assisting the police with information. They will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed”, Shehu said.