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Delta State committee to curb cattle rustling

10 April 2014, 08:46

Abuja - Delta State has constituted a security committee to control the movement of cattle in the state.

State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, said this was among measures aimed at curtailing the menace of cattle rearers ravaging parts of the country.

The State Commissioner of Police is to head the task force with two members of the state assembly, two commissioners, representatives of security agencies, traditional rulers, council chairmen and the Northern Community as members, while the Office of the Secretary to the State Government is to serve as secretariat.

The committee’s formation follows an expanded Security Council meeting, comprising principal officers of the State House of Assembly, heads of security agencies in the state, traditional rulers, council chairmen and religious leaders at the Government House Annex in Warri.

Uduaghan said the problem of cattle rearers was a national issue and the state’s administration was ready to work with the Federal Government, other governors and respected traditional rulers from the North in finding a lasting solution to the menace.

“It is a challenge we are ready to face squarely,” he stressed.

The Governor added that the task force would also move into suspected locations, identify persons inhabiting such places and where it is established that the people are illegal immigrants, the immigration chief in the state would ensure they were evacuated.

“If they are coming to stay peacefully we will allow them to stay,” said Uduaghan.

The Governor observed that the state has had peculiar security challenge between cattle rearers and farmers, but added that the situation in recent times had taken a new dimension with the influx of herdsmen carrying arms which they have been using in terrorising farmers.

– CAJ News

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