About 100 cows were stolen in Laminga Village.
The Nasarawa State Police Command said on Friday that it had recovered 25 out of the 100 cows stolen from a herdsman in Laminga, Nasarawa Local Government Area of the State.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Michael Ada, disclosed this to newsmen in Lafia.
According to him, the police received a distress call on Thursday night from Laminga Village along Nasarawa-Keffi road that about 15 cattle rustlers had invaded a Fulani settlement.
He said the report said the rustlers were armed with sophisticated weapons and shooting sporadically.
He said that about 100 cows belonging to Bako Laminga were allegedly stolen by the rustlers.
He explained that the police, assisted by some volunteers in the community, acted promptly and trailed the rustlers to a forest in the area where they shot at the police.
“But the rustlers had to flee due to the superior fire power of the police,” Mr. Ada said.
He said the Divisional Police Officer in Nasarawa, Philip Dakon, detailed patrol teams and detectives to be on alert.
According to him, that led to the arrest of one of the suspects with 25 of the stolen cows in a truck.
He said during investigation, the suspect, who hailed from Kano State, told the Police that he was allegedly hired by one Danlami Sani, an indigene of Sokoto State residing in Laminga, to convey the cows to Ondo State.
The PPRO said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abayomi Akeremale, had appealed to community leaders and youths to furnish security agencies with information about strange movements of people and cows in their areas.
He also advised herdsmen to always label their cattle in hidden areas for easy identification, and directed that the recovered cows be handed over to their rightful owner on identification.
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