New police taskforce to address cattle rustling

Abuja – The Acting Inspector General of Police
(IGP) Suleiman Abba, has set up a taskforce to
deal with cattle rustling amid a surge in such
According to a statement by Emmanuel Ojukwu,
Force Public Relations Officer, from the Force
Headquarters Abuja, the Nigeria Police Task
Force on Cattle Rustling and Associated Crimes
is major step towards addressing the recurrent
cases of cattle rustling and other associated
crimes as witnessed in some parts of the
He said the Task Force had an Assistant
Commissioner of Police as its Commanding
Officer and would have Tactical Units at each of
the six geo-political zones of the country.

“The Task Force is saddled with pre-emptive
intelligence gathering, anti-cattle-rustling and
allied crimes patrols cum operations as well as
the investigation and possible prosecution of
reported incidents of cattle rustling,” he said.
“It is expected that the effective functioning of
this new Task Force will whittle down the
menace of cattle rustlers, which has adversely
led to untold ethno-religious and communal
conflicts in the affected areas.”
Ojukwu added that the IGP enjoined the citizenry
to cooperate with the Police in their
determination to provide community safety and
security in all parts of the country.


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