Nigerian military recovers 218 rustled cows in Plateau

Man with cattle

A suspected cattle rustler was arrested.


The Nigerian military on Wednesday said it recovered over 218 cows stolen by cattle rustlers in Plateau State.

This was made known in a statement by the Defence Headquarters, DHQ.

The DHQ said operatives of the Special Task Force, STF, trailed and intercepted the rustlers after they had killed some herdsmen in Kante town and carted away their cows.

“Some of the cattle were salvaged when troops carrying out special patrols to deescalate cattle rustling in the region were alerted to a group of youthful cattle rustlers who had made away with some cattle after killing herdsmen at Kanke town,” the statement said.

The DHQ said a suspect was arrested in the process and has been taken into custody for preliminary investigations.

The suspect will also be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency after investigations have been concluded.

In a separate operation, the military said, 30 cows were recovered from rustlers in Panchiki village of Plateau State.

The cattle were recovered during a pursuit by the troops, compelling the rustlers to abandon the cattle. The DHQ said all the cattle have been returned to their rightful owners across the state,

Cattle rustling has been a major cause of violence between herdsmen and indigenous communities in Nigeria.

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