Police Arrests Immigration Officer With 164 Stolen Cows in Kastina State, including five other suspects, with the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), and seized 164 allegedly stolen cows.
The said immigration officer, Abubakar Shafiu, who was paraded with the other suspects in Katsina, told newsmen that the men: Mohammad Isah, Ibrahim Mohammed, Idris Mohammad, Usman Mohammed, and Saidu Lawal were his relatives based in Zurmi, Zamfara State’s local government area.
Besides, Shafiu who claimed to be a staff of the procurement department of NIS in Abuja, on annual leave, disclosed that he had escorted some truckloads of cattle out of Zamfara before their arrest.
He, however, denied that the cattle were stolen but were being conveyed to Potiskum and Buni Yadi in Yobe State, by their owners as a result of bandits’ activities in Zamfara State.
Police Public Relations Officer in Katsina command, Gambo Isah, however, confirmed that the suspects were intercepted at about 1.30 a.m. on Thursday in Jibia, Katsina State, on the basis of credible intelligence by a combined team of Nigerian customs and police while carrying three truckloads of suspected rustled cows with Shafiu escorting.
“Investigation is ongoing in this matter; we all know so many cows have been rustled in Katsina and Zamfara States, and precisely, we know that Zurmi is a hideout of so many criminals.
“We are not relenting, we are going to investigate the sources of these cows and ensure that anyone of the suspects found wanton is taking to court for prosecution,” he said.