Dele Ogbodo in Abuja
The Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, tuesday inaugurated a 27-member committee to formulate policies that will bring an end to the menace of cattle rustling in the country.
Among the 27 members are the President, Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN), Prof. Sharabutu Garba, the Director of Federal Livestock Department, ECOWAS, Dr. Vivian Iwah, the States Directors of Veterinary Services (DVS), the Miyetti Allah and Gan Allah Cattle Breeders Associations represented by Messrs. Saleh Bayari and Baba Usman.
Constituting the committee which is headed by Garba, at the Force headquarters in Abuja, he charged them to formulate policies that will help security and paramilitary agencies end cattle rustling.
He said the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), is particularly disturbed by the menace of kidnapping and cattle rustling, which according to him have led to loss of economic values and lives across the country.
He said: “The committee work is a soft approach using coordinated efforts with relevant agencies to tackle the challenges of cattle rustling through enforcement of laws that will assist the NPF to end the menace.”
He charged the members to come up with strategies on how to address cattle rustling menace in the country with the aim to stamping out of the country.
According to him, a proper coordination of ideas between the different members of the committee will bring an end to the menace.
The IG said: “I implore you to look at all avenues and advise the Police on ways to tackle cattle rustling, especially with regards to enforcement of laws that have been in existence in the past.”
In a remark, the head off the committee, pledged the unflinching support of his members to formulate policies that will bring an end to cattle rustling in the country.
Garba assured that the team will deliver based on their deep understanding of the issue at stake, adding that the committee will be committed to the guidelines set for it.