Kano State Police Command has arrested a 31-man gang that specialised in cattle rustling in various parts of the state.
The police disclosed that leader of the cattle rustling syndicate and members of his gang that had terrorised herdsmen in the state, Yahya Saleh, were in police net.
Spokesman of the command, ASP Magaji Musa Majiya, stated that the bandits had in the past carried out cattle rustling and kidnapping of women of their choice in areas they carried out criminal activities.
According to him, the smashed gang was responsible for rustling of over 30,000 cows, adding that so far 178 cows have been recovered from them.
Majiya said the successful operation was launched by a combined team of security personnel drawn from various security agencies with the aim of ridding the state of the menace.
He disclosed that leader of the gang and some of his henchmen were apprehended in Sumaila Local Government Area of the state following a tip-off and well-conducted surveillance on the alleged cattle thieves.
Leader of the cattle rustling gang, Yahya Saleh said: “All that was said is true, but we hardly have killed anyone, but our big boss has shot at least two people dead throughout the period we have been operating.”