Military deploys troops to tackle cattle rustling, oither crimes


The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says it has put in place a joint operation of the army and air force to combat incidences of cattle rustling in the Kamuku Forest in the Northwest parts of the country which has so far routed out dare-devil cattle thieves from the forest and recovered large herds of cows.
The operation will be sustained until the forbidden forest is free of criminals and criminal activities.
According to a statement by Col. Rabe Abubakar, acting Director Defence Information, the need to establish the joint operation has become very necessary because “criminals, miscreants and barefaced common thugs have taken over the forest thus constituting themselves into a nuisance to Nigerians living in the area.
“In the course of this operation, a significant number of rustlers have been routed and large number of stolen cattle recovered. The ongoing operation will be sustained until the notorious forest is free of criminals and miscreants who constitute nuisance to the citizenry of the area”.
Similarly, the Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, in the Niger Delta has intercepted a large barge conveying about 150,000 litres of illegally refined petroleum products.
The JTF boat was on routine patrol when it accosted the barge on illegal mission at Frado Oil Company Tank Farm at Oghara in Ethiope Local Government Area of Delta State. The captain of the barge and the crew members are already in custody and are helping security agencies in the investigation.
DHQ thus, restates the resolve of the military to guarantee safety of lives and property of Nigerians while the military will continue to work hard to fight all maritime crimes such as piracy, bunkering and operating of illegal refinery a halt and also to prevent the prevailing economic saboteur from doing further damage to Nigeria’s economy.
The Defence Headquarters therefore warns the perpetrators of …Read More

Source:: New Mail