Police Commissioner cautions community heads over cattle rustling, destruction of farmlands
Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr Adekunle Alagunjoye, has reiterated police commitment to dialogue with stakeholders, in order to prevent youth restiveness, cattle rustling and destruction of farmlands.
The commissioner disclosed this Thursday during a Town Hall meeting and interactive session with stakeholders in the state to further boost cordial relationship with community heads in the 17 local government areas of the state.
He encouraged the community leaders to distance themselves from the use of ‘insensitive language’ that could abridge peace. Mr Alagunjoye solicited the cooperation of stakeholders to end cattle rustling and recent isolated killing in some communities, while appealing to the people to partner with police in the area of peace building and seek legal ways of handling conflicts.
He employed the various heads of communities to ensure that, the peace meeting will continue to be maintained in their domains to avoid unnecessary conflicts. According to him, the issue of cattle rustling in some communities is still raising its ugly head – with pockets of recent attacks on farmers in some local governments.
Speaking also, the SSS Director, A.S. Waziri, congratulated the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, for organizing the interface with the local natives to address problems associated with killings and cattle rustling.
He urged the participants to talk to themselves frankly that no crisis has benefited anyone, because members of various communities lost so much in the crisis. The director further stressed that the interaction is always lopsided; only one side is always present to discuss and dialogue with government agencies. Various speakers expressed sadness that foreigners are now involved in the silent killings of innocent citizens. They called on people to report persons with questionable characters to appropriate authorities.
Waziri also informed that, “The main purpose of this meeting is to talk to community and youth leaders on the need to ensure peace and stability, because the federal government is working towards diversifying other sectors to stable GDP and agriculture.”
Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association, Nurudeen Mohammed, emphasized that of 22 cases of stolen cattle, 18 have been recovered, while 8 persons are missing, adding that a 9 year-old boy was killed in Gura and his castle were rustled away; and one year after, his whereabouts couldn’t yield positive results; and in an attempt to recover cows, five Fulani were beaten to coma.
Mohammed also accused that, anytime their cows were rustled, they were moved to Riyom and Barkin Ladi community, which they want security to take measures.
However, the Fulani herders recently attacked Tarok settlement in Taraba state destroying houses and farmlands, killing the village head, which led to an uprising.