Member representing Kaura Namoda/Birnin Magaji Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon. Aminu Jaji, Friday appealed to the Federal Government to take proactive measures to tackle menace of cattle rustling in Zamfara State.
Speaking with newsmen in Gusau on Saturday, Jaji said the call became necessary following the loss of lives as a result of attacks by cattle rustlers in two communities in Birnin Magaji local government area of Zamfara State.
He stated that the people of the constituency were living in fear as a result of incessant attacks by the Fulani herdsmen which led to loss of lives and properties.
"I can tell you that at least 52 people were killed by the cattle rustlers in two communities of Shigama and Kwokeya communities recently. In fact, about 100 people were affected in the incident including those whose shops were vandalised and houses destroyed while about 1000 cattle were taken away by the rustlers in the area”, he said.
He however, underscored the need for dialogue between Fulani herdsmen, farmers and traditional leaders in the area with a view to curbing the ugly trend. "Dialogue is the best way and this requires concerted approach by stakeholders and traditional rulers in the area.