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NSCDC Apprehends Suspected Cattle Rustler

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Sokoto State has apprehended a suspected cattle rustler, Aliyu Danzuru, the Commandant, Mr. Babangida Dutsinma, has said.

He told reporters yesterday in Sokoto that the corps also nabbed two suspected cable vandals: Shehu Ibrahim, and Abubakar Sani.

Dutsinma said the arrest of Danzuru, who had been on security watch, followed a tip off on March 24.

He said Danzuru was popular among bandits and was said to have masterminded cow rustling in Raba Local Government and its environs.

The commandant said Danzuru led the corps to apprehend the gang’s arms supplier, Alhaji Yale, who died after in hospitalised following high blood pressure.

He said before Yale’s death, four locally-made rifles, ammunition and machetes were recovered from his home.

Dutsinma said the deceased refused to say where he got the AK 47 rifles mentioned by Danzuru.

He said Danzuru had named eight gang members: Babangida Audu, Amadu Bello, Isa Kusar-Hausawa, Jammu Kusar-Fulani, Basiru Bello, Gyade Dutesen-Kusra, Lawwali Kusar Gobirawa and Salisu Hanci.

The commandant said the suspects were residents of settlements in Raba Local Government.

He said the arrest was made possible by the joint security agencies against kidnapping and cattle rustling.

Dutsinma said Ibrahim and Sani were apprehended on the same day, with cables stolen from installations on Raba-Sokoto Road.

He said investigation was on. The commandant enjoined the people to give security agencies information to assist them in their duties.

NSCDC in Ondo State has pledged zero tolerance for pipeline vandalism on government facilities.

The Commandant, Mr. Pedro Awili, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Akure that the command would protect government’s assets and infrastructure, while making the state crime free.

He said: “Our target in the first quarter of the year is to consolidate on the activities we carried out last year.

“We gave ourselves the target of ensuring that there is very little or no vandalism in respect of pipeline and critical assets and infrastructures of the government.

“We want to ensure that there is no more vandalism of high tension cable, transformers and other installations of the government.

“We have achieved these by deploying our men in the nooks and crannies of the state, especially at the local government.”

Awili said clashes between herdsmen and farmers had reduced due to intervention by men of the corps.

“Those perpetrating crime should leave the state or face the wrath of the law,” he added.

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