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Chiefs concerned at Rugu cattle rustling

17 October 2013, 07:37Augustine Osayande

Abuja – The Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, has lamented the increasing cases of cattle rustling in the state, particularly the Rugu forest.

The forest is located in the southern parts of the state.

The Emir (Muslim Commander) said local leaders had notified him in writing concerning the prevalence of the illegal activity in the state.

“The incidents have often led to the death of cattle owners with the forest used as escape route for the rustlers. The problem led traditional chiefs in the area to write to him recently on the issue,” Usman said during the Sallah Durbar event that the state commemorated.

He said the chiefs had raised their concern with the hope that government would take action to curb such illegal activities.

Usman said consequently, stakeholders in the region, including traditional institution in the state, would soon meet and explore ways of addressing the issue.

He therefore called for urgent action on the matter, arguing that failing to address such could spell danger for the communities living close to the forest.

“We need to do something to overpower the situation before the situation overpowers us,” he said.

He called for prayers to help avert a crisis.

“Prayer is stronger than guns, bows and arrows,” Usman said.

– CAJ News


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