The police in Taraba state have announced the recovery of 168 herds from cattle rustlers in the state.
The commissioner of police, Yakubu Babas told journalists in Jalingo, the state capital, that the police was able to raid the bandits hideout following a tip off from credible informants.
Four bandits, namely Dickson Zadin, 20; Mohammed Musa, 21; Yahuza Ahmed, 20; and Abdulwahab Ahmed, 19, were arrested during the raid.
Mr Babas said, “During the operation,
a number of people were seen with cows and sheep reasonably suspected to be rustled.’
“On receipt of the information, a team of policemen along with vigilantes were drafted to the area, on sighting them the rustlers engaged them in a shootout but due to superior fire power of my men they took to their heels abandoning 142 herds of cattle and 26 sheep,” he said.
The police, who unveiled the animals to the reporters, said three people had come forward to identify some of the cows as theirs.