By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA-THE Nigerian Police authorities, yesterday, unveiled a technology that seeks to end the incessant cattle rustling in the country.
The high tech and user friendly technology that would help in tracing and tracking of animals stolen or rustled.
The initiative, according to the police, is aimed at preventing cattle rustling which has been prevalent in the country in recent times.
The technology was developed by a firm, INGSOC International Limited to know the actual population census and demography of our national herds rather than the currently used estimated figures.
Chairman, Implementation Committee for the Curtailment of Cattle Rustling in Nigeria, ICCCRN, Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, Charles Ugomuoh, speaking at the unveiling ceremony in Abuja, regretted that cattle rustling and pastoralists-farmers clashes have have inflicted a lot of pains, fears, anxiety and concern on all Nigerians and the international community.
Ugomuoh said the technology would improve Nigeria’s international ranking in livestock and animal information transparency which is sine qua non in international trade in livestock and livestock products and it will impact positively on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the nation.
“ICCCRN mandate is being carried out through provision and application of animal loading and offloading permits, adherence to use of designed cattle stock routes, institutionalisation of usage of designated grazing reserves and corridors and mostly important proper cattle ownership identification, tracing and tracking of animals using appropriate technologies.
“Today’s event is aimed at unveiling to the public, the high tech but user friendly technologies that have been developed by INGSOC International Limited for the proper identification, tracing and tracking of animals for the purpose of preventing cattle rustling,” he said.
In his keynote address, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, said the mandate given to the committee set up by him was to develop a world class tool and technology that would assist the committee in carrying out its mandate of proper animal identification and tracking fot the overall purpose of eliminating the seemingly intractable national menace of cattle rustling and pastoralists-farmers clashes.
Idris, who was represented by the DIG in charge of ICT, Foluso Adebanjo noted that the once cherished oneness and unity among the several segments of our nation, irrespective of ethnic or religious differences have been seriously eroded leading to high level of mutual distrust between different sections of the country.
It would be recalled that the National Implementation Committee for the Curtailment of Cattle Rustling in Nigeria was inaugurated by the IGP with the primary mandate of working out modalities for identification and implementation of strategies that would sustainably curtail cattle rustling and its attendant security implications in Nigeria.