Stakeholders in the livestock management in Nigeria have called for the establishment of ranches as a way of tackling cattle rustling and destruction of lives and property.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting on the fight against cattle rustling in Nigeria, oragnised by the Nigeria Police Force, Prof Garba Sharubutu, said there was need for proper planning for animal rearing in Nigeria and hence, the need to buy into the plan of the minister of Agriculture, who is advocating for establishment of ranches across the country.
Sharabutu, who spoke on the topic: “Cattle Rustling: Causes, Courses and Control”, also called for complete overall of the security system and fashioned in such a way that it will cater for the Fulani herdsmen, who are always in the bushes and face rustling every other day.
He also advised against the use of force in tackling cattle rustlers and noted that this method will only aggravate the problems as the herdsmen are already faced with the battle of handling and securing their cattle.
Speaking earlier, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, lamented that the issue of cattle rustling has become a national menace, leading to destruction of lives and property in various parts of Nigeria.
He added that the police gathered the stakeholders to assist in providing more measures for the curbing of cattle rustling and animal thefts in the country.
At the end of the stakeholders’ meeting, members, which included the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Cattle Sellers Association, National Association of Road Transport Organisation, police, among others; will bring out a communique, which will be studied and implemented by the police and others.