Efforts to end the excesses of cattle rustlers have begun to yield positive results in Taraba state, as more than one hundred and nineteen cows have been recovered.
The Taraba State government in a statement said that it was able to succeed in recovering the cows from cattle rustlers, through the efforts of local vigilantes and some security personnel.
The statement, signed by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Iliya Bekyu Akweh, in Jalingo, said the castles were stolen at gun point from Sansani village in Bali local government Area of the state.
It said, although the cows were successfully recovered, but that the rustlers were yet to be apprehended.
Elated by the development, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku vowed not to leave any stone unturned in his administration’s efforts to ensure that perpetrators of crimes in the state find it difficult to operate.
” My administration would not condone any act of criminality in the state” stressing that ” anyone caught perpetuating crime in the state be it kidnapping, cattle rustler, ethno-religious crisis, armed robbery etc will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” said Governor Ishaku.
Governor Ishaku commended the vigilante group for their efforts to assist the state government in flushing out the undesirable elements from the state.
The Taraba State Governor said his administration would partner with any organization that was ready to playa complementary role to achieve lasting peace in the state.
He reiterated his readiness to tread every legitimate path to create peaceful atmosphere for the people to execute their legitimate business.
The government says in the past two months, activities of rustlers in the state have become a source of concern, as several lives and properties are being destroyed daily basis by the rustlers.
Danladi Suntai, the chairman of Bali Local Government Area council, where the catte were recovered, , lauded the efforts by the state government.