Abuja - The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, on Wednesday, announced the setting up of The Nigeria Police Task Force on Cattle Rustling and Associated Crimes to deal with the recurring crime in some parts of the country.
A statement issued by the force Spokesman, Acting CP Emmanuel Ojukwu in Abuja, said the task force would be headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police as its commanding officer.
Ojukwu said the task force would have Tactical Units in each of the six geo-political zones and would be saddled with pre-emptive intelligence gathering, anti-cattle rustling and allied crimes patrol operations.
He added that the task force would also investigate and prosecute cases of cattle rustling.
The effective functioning of the new task force would whittle down the activities of rustlers, which result in ethno-religious and communal conflicts in affected areas, Ojukwu noted.
He quoted the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, as appealing to the citizenry to cooperate with the force in its determination to provide community safety and security nationwide.
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In a related development, the I-G had also established the Nigeria Police Committee on Prevention and Management of Communal Clashes.
A statement also issued by Ojukwu in Abuja on Wednesday said the I-G announced the establishment of the Committee during a working visit to Kaduna State on Wednesday.
Ojukwu said the Committee would be co-chaired by four Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, with 12 other members drawn from the six geo-political zones across the country.
He said that its terms of reference were to encourage and facilitate dialogue among warring parties and convene mediation meeting with aggrieved parties to peacefully resolve differences.
Others are development and application of early warning mechanism and systems of threat of communal clashes.
The committee would mediate and apply Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services to avert, conciliate and or resolve observed/reported communal disputes before they escalate.