7 Northern Govs Meet in Kaduna, Says 30,000 Cattle Recovered from Kamuku Forest Operations
After four separate meetings in Kaduna over activities of cow rustlers and armed robbers, governors of seven northern states bordering the terror Kamuku forest on Saturday met and reviewed operations of joint security combing the dreaded forest.
The meeting held behind closed door in Kaduna, had governors of Katsina, Kebbi, Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano and Niger states, respectively.
Fielding questions from journalists shortly after the meeting, which lasted for four hours, Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, who spoke on behalf of the governors, said the meeting appraised the security situation concerning cattle rustling in the zone and other activities going on in Kamuku forest.
According to him, the governors have reviewed operations within the areas and are satisfied with the level of operations carried out by the security agencies mandated to comb the forest.
“I think we have made tremendous achievements considering the number of stolen animals that were recovered from the forest,” Masari said.
Aminu Masari further disclosed that as at yesterday, over 30,000 cattle have been recovered across the states bordering the forest; stressing that, “As you can see now the activities of the rustlers have reduced much. We are expecting that we can sustain this.”
On the issue of kidnapping, Masari noted that this is a fall-out of the fight against rustlers, who may have decided to go into kidnapping, since they have been blocked from stealing cattle.
Meanwhile, he urged members of the public to help provide information about activities of criminal elements around communities bordering the forest.