Katsina Governor Links Cattle Rustling To Boko Haram
SAN FRANCISCO, December 09, (THEWILL) – The Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Masari has observed that there is a strong connection between Boko Haram insurgents and cattle rustlers that are terrorising the northern parts of the country.
He explained that Boko Haram terrorists and the cattle rustlers have similar modes of operation by killing people and destroying their property.
The Governor made this known on Tuesday at the opening ceremony of Two-day Cattle Breeders/Dealers Stakeholders Meeting in Katsina, the state capital.
He disclosed that it was because of this linkage that President Muhammadu Buhari directed all service chiefs to join hands with the governors of eight states in the north-west zone to tackle the menace of cattle rustling.
Masari stressed that most of the arms and ammunitions that the terrorists were using to carry out their dastardly acts were being ferried into the country through the usage of animals that crossed the forest.
He assured that the governors in the eight states that have the problem of cattle rustling would soon create a databank for movement of cows from the north to the south.
His words, “We will harmonise and computerise the movement of cows from our region to the south to checkmate the issue of cow theft.
“All cow dealers must get clearance of the commodity before moving them to the south and anybody without the clearance papers would be arrested.”
Also speaking, Secretary to Katsina State Government, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, warned that anybody caught disturbing the peace in the state would be arrested, adding that anybody caught indulging in cattle rustling would be decisively dealt with.
Noting that the Katsina government recently released another N45 million to the committee charged with stopping cattle rustling in north-west, Inuwa appealed to parents and guardians to warn their children against joining the cattle rustlers syndicate in the state