77 stolen cows recovered from rustlers in Plateau – Police

The Police in Plateau state say they have recovered a total of 77 stolen cows in the state.

The police said the cows were recovered from criminals in Wase Local Government Area of the middle belt state.

The Spokesman for the State police command, Alabo Alfred, made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday.

He disclosed that the cows were stolen from a herder in Bauchi State by the criminals and moved to Wase where they were later recovered by the police.

Alfred said the police in conjunction with local hunters stormed the hideout of the cattle rustlers and on sighting the security operatives, the criminals fled leaving the rustled cows behind.

According to the statement, “On 19/09/2023, we received credible information at the Bashar Police Division that a certain number of cows belonging to one Alhaji Idris Yunusa, the Galadiman Yuli Duguri, had been rustled by unknown criminals on 11/9/2023 from Gajin Duguri village, Alkaleri LGA of Bauchi State.

“According to the intelligence report, the cows were rustled from a herder while grazing and moved towards Odare forest of Kampani Zurak village, Wase Local Government Area.

“On receipt of the information, the Divisional Police Officers, Bashar Division, CSP Atiku Yahaya, immediately led a team of policemen who in conjunction with some VGN personnel and hunters, intercepted the culprits.

“On sighting the policemen, the culprits fled into the nearby forests. However, 77 cows were recovered and released to the owner. The police have intensified efforts in order to arrest the culprits and ensure that they face the full weight of the law.”

The statement reassured the people of Plateau State of the Commissioner of Police, CP Okoro Alawari’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all residents of the state as their hunt for criminals remains unwavering.

The police boss called on the residents to be security conscious, report any suspicious activities or persons, and provide useful, timely, and accurate information to help the police fight crime and criminality in the state

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