By Kingsley Omonobi
Abuja—The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday summoned stakeholders to a meeting at Force headquarters, Abuja, over herdsmen/farmer clashes, banditry and cattle rustling across the country.
The IGP said: “The issue of cattle rustling and headsmen/farmers clash has become a national menace, leading to destruction of lives and property in various parts of Nigeria.
“It is, therefore, necessary for us to seek collaborative efforts involving all stakeholders such as assembled here to tackle this menace.
‘’It is our desire that this gathering will assist in providing more measures for us to curb cattle rustling and animal theft in the country.”
Assuring that the Nigerian Police Force will at all times collaborate with stakeholders to checkmate livestock menace, the IGP said: “With the application of the necessary laws meant to checkmate illegal movement of animals, we can drastically reduce the incidences of animal theft and cattle rustling in various parts of the country”.
Earlier, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge Force Animal Branch, AIG Charles Ugomuor, disclosed that most cattle rustlers avoided designated market loading bays and instead load under cover of the bushes.
“Since 99% of the cattle in trucks pass through the international, federal and state animal control posts, the need for the resuscitation of show your loading and off loading permit of cattle in trucks at the control posts at this point in time in the life of the nation can never be over-emphasized.
“Truck drivers must show their loading and off loading permits and in default, will risk arrest by the Nigeria Police Force.”