The Katsina State Command of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria has said that over 3,000 of its member have been killed by cattle rustlers operating in the state over the last three years.
Speaking to NAN on Monday, the state Commandant of the group, Alhaji Abba Aliyu, disclosed that the rustlers operate mainly in seven local government areas in the state – namely: Safana, Batsari, Jibia, Kankara, Danmusa, Dutsima and Dandume Local Government Areas.
His words: “The vigilantes were killed in the past three years during clashes with cattle rustlers who have been terrorising seven local governments in Katsina state.”
“The vigilante have recorded high casualty because they always lead security agents to fish out the cattle rustlers hiding in forests.
“Our members are only allowed to carry clubs and other local weapons while the cattle rustlers are armed to the teeth with sophisticated weapons and this lead to the death of our members.”
Aliyu, noted that despite the high casualty, the group would not relent in its support to security agencies in the effort to rid the state of bandits and other criminals.
The commandant further stated that the fight would continue until cattle rustlers surrender their arms to government, and give undertaking to live normal life.
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