Zamfara: Nigerian Army intercepts 154 rustled cows and arrests 44 collaborators

“We will not relent in safeguarding the lives and properties of citizens,“ Abdulkadir said.
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In Zamfara State, Nigerian Army Operatives captured 12 trucks loaded with 154 rustled cows and detained 44 collaborators as part of Operation Hadarin Daji.

Air Commander Abubakar Abdulkadir, the deputy force commander for Operation Hadarin Daji in the Northwest Region, announced this in Gusau on Friday while handing over the allegedly rustled animals to the Zamfara state administration.

According to Mr Abdulkadir, the suspects were apprehended while transporting 154 cows, one camel, and one ram in trucks to Gusau, the state capital.

The allegedly rustled animals were apprehended immediately after leaving Yartasha market, near Magami and Jangeme towns in the state's Gusau Local Government Area, he said.

“We also discovered that each of the intercepted cows was bought by the collaborators, between N30,000 and N40,000 at Yartasha market, before heading to Gusau,” he added.

According to him, military troops and officers would continue to be more aggressive in battling banditry in the northwest as part of Operation Hadarin Daji.

“We will not relent in safeguarding the lives and properties of citizens,“ Abdulkadir said.

Bashar Mailafiya, secretary of the State Government's Committee on Rustled and Stolen Animals, confirmed the occurrence, saying the committee got 154 cows, one camel, and one ram from the military.

Mr Mailafiya praised the military's actions and stated that the committee would look for the animals' legitimate owners.

He explained that the committee usually broadcasts information about animals rescued so that the legitimate owners can come and identify their animals and provide required evidence before they are returned.