Security operatives have recovered 2,000 cattle and rams in Birnin Gwari Local Government area of Kaduna State in a joint operation against cattle rustlers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the recovery, which included a donkey, was made after they raided the bandits’ hide out in Birnin Gwari and Damari village on Sunday and in the early morning of Tuesday.
Three bandits were reportedly killed in the operation and nine others arrested.
Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i, who visited the operatives, commended them for their “swift intervention” and pledged government support to ensure continued success for their operations.
He said the operation was part of the new offensive in the North West against cattle rustling.
“So far so good, we are satisfied with the work done by the Armed Forces in trying to contain the problem of cattle rustling and general security threats that have lingered for too long.
“The joint operation is between six states that share the Birnin Gwari forest, that is Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina, Sokoto and Niger. We will recover stolen cattle and tackle the security challenges in the area,” the governor said.
NAN reports that governors of the six states recently agreed on a security strategy to contain the menace of cattle rustlers.