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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris,
yesterday said the enforcement of the necessary laws established to
checkmate illegal movement of animals, could drastically reduce the
incidences of animal thefts and cattle rustling in the country.

The IGP made this known yesterday at the Police Force
Headquarters in Abuja, during a stakeholders meeting on curtailing
cattle rustling in Nigeria.
He described cattle rustling as a national menace leading to destruction of lives and properties in various parts of Nigeria.
Idris stated that: “The Nigeria Police Force will at
all time, collaborate with different stakeholders to checkmate the
issues of cattle rustling and animal theft at all levels of movement of
cattle and herdsmen.”
Earlier, The President, Nigerian Veterinary Council,
Professor Garba Sharubutu, called for the re-establishment of animal
control posts as part of measures to curb cattle rustling and clashes
between herdsmen and farmers.
He noted that rearing cattle in Nigeria is cultural
and not ran like a business, which he described as unproductive and
responsible for ethnic and religious tensions.
He said, “Revival of animal control posts and ranching
can curb cattle rustling and prevent herdsmen and farmers’ clashes
across the country.”
He noted that: “The Federal Road Safety Corps should
go beyond monitoring use of seat belt, they should monitor
transportation of cattle in trucks and ensure that they were not stolen
cattle.”
He also argued that the forest guards should be
revived and empowered to provide security in the nation’s forest and
rural areas where most of the dangerous bandits operate.

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