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260 Killed, 2,501 Cattle Rustled In Jos Attacks – JTF

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The Special Task Force (STF) on Jos crisis code-named ‘Operation Safe Haven’ has revealed that 260 people were killed, while 2,501 herds of cattle were rustled  in 160 attacks in the state in the last six months by unknown gunmen.

According to the STF, about 1,312 herds of cattle, 88 arms and 2,734 ammunition were recovered during the period.

The STF made this disclosure during the 6th Plateau Dialogue held at the Cabinet Office, Jos, yesterday.

Major General David Enetie, STF commander, who was represented by Col Ali Bello in the dialogue session, said the task force recorded 42 cases of cow rustling in the state within the period.

He said, “The attacks were fueled by the activities of cow rustlers which are the major security challenges confronting the task force in the state.

“The problem of cattle rustling is concentrated mostly in Mangu, Bokkos, Barkin Ladi, Shendam, Jos South, Riyom, Langtang North and Langtang South local governments.

“Apart from the casualties, the task force has recorded some successes in our efforts to address the problem of cow rustling with the arrest of 15 armed dealers who provided arms that made cattle rustling easier in the state”.

“The successes recorded in the fight against cattle rustlers in the state is attributed to the Operation Restore Peace launched by the STF in the state to specifically combat the new found criminality in the state”.

Organisers of the dialogue session, Search For Common Ground, an NGO sponsored by the European Union (EU), in collaboration with the Office of the Special Adviser on Peace Building and Conflict Management, revealed that the early warning system established by the NGO indicated that tension associated with cattle rustling has been on the increase since the beginning of 2014.

The NGO, however, said, “With the collaborative efforts of civil society organisations and security agencies, the rate of attacks and killings has significantly reduced.

Country director of Search For Common Ground, Mr Chom Bagu, in his welcome address said, “The peace building and dialogue process is not restricted to government and security agencies alone; all stakeholders are required to join hands to chase conflicts out of Plateau State”.

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  • Saydo Shan

    We hav a government, or we are supposed to hav a government. Governance starts with d protection of lives & properties within d territory of a state. Sadly, dat has not been the case in Nigeria for some years now. We r even in a state of war in many states. some pple gloat & say, afterall it is confined in d North, “let dem kill themselves there”. Wat they & many fail to realise is dat dis is somthing dat can just easily boomerang. D government of d day is totally & utterly clueless.

    How sad indeed.

    • tarlumun

      saydo you blame the government on everything while you also have some contribution to make. Elsewhere there are private agents gathering intelligence who are more effective than governments security agents, and they do help. Try being one, gather these intelligence and sell it to others who might be interested. This can be brisk business for you and me

  • Concerned Nigerian

    BOKO HARAM Pendulum.
    It is fascinating to notice how some Northerners keep deceiving us all.
    First, it was unemployment that gave Boko Haram the motivation to start.
    Next, they were foreigners not Nigerians.
    Next, amnesty and money needs to be pumped through mediators to stop them.
    Nest, they are a necessary Northern balance of ammunition against Southern Niger Delta boys etc.
    Now, the boys have gone amok, they are ethnic cleansing agents of enemies of the North.
    Next, what will it be?

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