Family raises alarm after 31 cows reportedly go missing in police custody

Family raises alarm after 31 cows reportedly go missing in police custody

- A family in Kaduna has called on Governor Nasir El-Rufai to help recover missing cows

- The family claimed the police came to seize the cows because the owner had a gun

- A member of the family said they have paid N1.750 million to retrieve them to no avail

A family in Kaban village in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state has sent a message to Governor Nasir El-Rufai and the state commissioner of police, Ahmad Abdurrahman, to help recover 31 cows that got missing while in police custody.

According to Daily Trust, the cattle got missing after police went to the village and took them away.

A member of the family, Abubakar Ibrahim, claimed effort has been made to get the animals back since they were taken away to no avail. He said the family have so far spent N1.750 million in an effort to recover those cows from the police.

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“My sibling and my brother in-law, who went after the cows to inquire reasons for the police action, were detained for two weeks. We have no option but to bail them with N580,000.

“So far, we have spent N1.750 million to recover those cows and the sheep because they (police) kept collecting money from us without telling us where the cows are. The police officer kept telling us that the cows have been taken to Abuja.

“This is why we are calling on the state governor and the commissioner of police to intervene by calling on the police officers to return our cows,” he said.

He said the police accused him of owning a gun which was why the cows were seized.

“I have never own a gun in my life. I personally met the officer who also told me that their investigation later shows I’m innocent but yet he requested for N700,000 bribe from me before the cows will be released but I told him I don’t have that amount of money so he later collected N200,000 naira yet, the cows are still not return," he added.

The village head of Kaban, Alhaji Shehu Muhammad, confirmed the incident.

Meanwhile, as part of efforts to address clashes between herdsmen and farmers, a 10-year National Livestock Transformation Plan has been initiated by the federal government.

According to Sahara Reporters, quoting Daily Trust, the government's plan is expected to gulp about N91bn in investments and will yield a two trillion naira profit over the 10-year period.

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