Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Thursday, handed over 124 recovered domestic animals to the state Standing Committee on Repatriation of Recovered rustled Cattle to the rightful owners.
Presenting the animals which include 97 cattle and 27 sheep to the committee at Cattle Recovery Camp, Dawakin Kudu, Governor Ganduje commended security agencies, especially the Police, for tackling the menace to a minimal numbers.
Governor Ganduje continued: “I am happy to say that it has been a long time since we last came to here. This shows the prevalence of cattle rustling is going down. It is not my wish and prayer to always be coming here to issue such animals, because if we are doing that, it means the insecurity is increasing, God forbid”.
“So, what we are doing today is ensuring that justice is done by distribution of these cattle to the people claiming to be their rightful owners after careful screening by the committee”, the governor maintained, adding that the Police who confiscated the animals succeeded in discovering arms and ammunitions, while suspects were apprehended and taken to court of law.
The governor pointed out that since the coming of the APC government at the center, the issue of insecurity across the country has reduced drastically, commending President Muhammad Buhari for his courageous approach which motivated the security agencies to work diligently.
In his remarks, the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf assured people of the state that his men and other security agencies would make sure that people in all the part of the state sleep with their two eyes closed.
The Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, represented by the District Head of Doguwa, Alh. Aliyu Harazumi Umar thanked the state government for supporting the security agencies in addressing cattle rustling at Falgore Forest, lamenting however, that the rustlers have now resorted to kidnapping.
He stated that to achieve success on the crusade against the bandits, Kaduna and Bauchi state governments must be seriously involved in the fight.
Earlier, chairman of the Standing Committee on Repatriation of Recovered rustled Cattle, who is also the state Commissioner of Local government, Alh. Murtala Sule Garo told the gathering that so far 5,005 cattle, 350 sheep and goats, 6 donkeys, 10 camels and 2 dogs were returned to 141 rightful owners, revealing that the committee also registered 6,040 claimants from nine states of the federation.