Atleast three suspected cattle rustlers were said to have been apprehended by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and recovered five cows from the suspects in Kwara State.
It was learnt that the rustlers were arrested with the animals by the Agro Rangers unit of the state Command after their operations in Gwanara, Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State.
It was gathered that three suspects identified as Issa Faruq, Woru Sebo and Jobo Gurukonaa, both of Gbongbonru Village were apprehended while the cows were recovered from them.
The recovered cows were allegedly stolen on May 25, 2021, from the camp of a Fulani herdsman, Alhaji Megida of Biogberu Village, Gwanara division in Baruten Local Government Council of the state.
The Kwara Command Public Relations Officer of NSCDC, Babawale Afolabi, who confirmed their arrest in a statement made available to The Guild, disclosed that investigation has commenced immediately.
In the statement released on Sunday, Afolabi stated the three weeks’ efforts of the Agro Rangers Unit of the Command yielded positive results last Wednesday when the two suspects were apprehended with five of the six stolen cows recovered from them.
Babawale said, “A theft of six cows, five male, and one female was reported by Alhaji Megida at Gwanara and the Agro Rangers, a special unit set up within the NSCDC to primarily protect investments in the agricultural sector and farmers-herders clashes across the country, was assigned to follow up the complaint.
“Investigation and findings of the Division revealed that Issa Faruq, Woru Sika Sebo and Jobo Gorokunaa stole the six cows and claimed to have sold them in between Chinchinku Village under Gwanara District and Paraku in the Republic of Benin.
“That the suspect confessed they robbed an unknown victim of a Bajaj Motorcycle on 18th May 2021 along Borobiye road, under Gwanara District.
“Consequently, in course of the robbery act, Jobo Gorokunaa confessed that he shoots into the air with his local Dane gun when carrying out the robbery operation.
“That the stolen motorcycle was later recovered from Paraku in the Republic of Benin through a confession made by one of the suspects.”
The spokesman said that the recovered Bajaj Motorcycle was equally handed over to the owner Abdulmaliq Yunusa with proof of ownership while the five cows were handed over to their owner.
He said that the suspects would be prosecuted for the offence when the courts resume from the strike of the Judiciary Staff Union.