By Agabus Pwanagba
In its efforts to stop cattle rustling in the State, which is threatening the relative peace that has returned to the State, the Plateau State Government said it has set up a Cattle Rustling Committee, which will include all members of the various tribes in all the seventeen Local Governments in the State.
This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Abraham Yiljap, in an exclusive chat with DailyPost in Jos on Monday.
According to him, “What the government has done is that we have sat with the various communities in the southern zone as well as in the northern zone. We have agreed first of all on the formation of Cattle Rustling Committee, which will include all members of the various tribes, in the affected communities.
Stressing that, “These are not necessarily vigilante groups, but people who are knowledgeable in the understanding or had the mentality of such crime and who can identify, the route they take, or behaviours and can very quickly identify cows that are rustled”
He decried that, “One of the greatest challenges confronting Plateau is that of cattle rustling. We have found out that this is a multi million naira industry and we have found out that it is well organized, funded and well armed.
“You have people who specialize in cattle rustling. Even if you keep about 8-10 cows, they are able to rustle them from your own backyard, without knowing and getting them off” He explained. More....