The Defence Headquarters said operatives of the Special Task Force (STF) in Plateau have recovered more than 218 cows stolen by rustlers in various parts of the state.
This is contained in a statement posted on the website “
defenceinfo.mil.ng’’ of the Defence Headquarters.
The statement said that some of the cattle were salvaged when troops carrying out special patrol to de-escalate cattle rustling were alerted by a group of youths.
It said that the rustlers had made away with some cows after killing herdsmen at Kanke town.
The security forces, who trailed and intercepted the rustlers, were also reported to have taken one of the suspects into custody for preliminary investigation “after which he will be handed over to the appropriate authority’’.
The statement also said that STF was said to have conducted a separate operation that led to the recovery of 30 cows from Panchiki village.
“The cattle were recovered following a pursuit by the troops, compelling the rustlers to abandon the cattle.
“All the cattle have been returned to their rightful owners across the state.’’
It would be recalled that cattle rustling had been a major cause of violence and bane of peaceful co-existence in North Central part of Nigeria.