Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has recommended the application of strict Islamic law in the prosecution of convicted cattle rustlers in Kano state.
“The law entails amputation of limbs, death penalty, life imprisonment or perpetual exile since the crime was committed in a state where Shari’a is in force, he stressed,” said Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, Director General, Media and Communications for the Kano state government.
Sanusi made the recommendation Sunday at Kwanar Dawaki in Dawakin Kudu local government area of the state, when the state Police Command paraded 74 cattle rustlers with 818 cows and 87 sheep recovered from them within the last 30 days of intense bush combing at the Falgore game reserve .
The rustling of cattle for economic gains represents the primary drive for the attack of defenseless herdsmen which analysts describe as “part of an economically based form of criminality perpetrated by criminal networks that are illegal and informal in their operations”.
Sanusi, who lamented that the activities of rustlers have resulted in loss of lives and distortions in the source of income and livelihood of communities, urged the Federal to assist in bringing the activities of cattle rustlers to an end.
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje described the activities of cattle rustlers as worrisome, saying that, “this is happening as we are yet to get out of the menace of insurgency, but now another frightening dimension of crime has resurfaced, which is alarming.”
Ganduje, who was saddened that out of the 818 cattle rustlers that were arrested, urged security agencies to ensure that they face the wrath of the law.
Parading the suspects and the recovered cows and sheep, the state Commissioner of Police, Malam Muhammad Musa Katsina said that three of the cattle rustlers were killed in a gun fight during the operation while a police officer sustained injury in the process.
Katsina said that the police recovered large cache of arms from the suspects, even as some of them were captured dressed in police and army camouflage, which they use to terrorize and rob Fulani herdsmen.
“Notable among the suspects is Umaru Dogo Ndaiye, a Senegalese national was gunned down when he engaged our men in a gun battle who were on special duty at Falgore forest by Gazobi village”, the Commissioner added.
According to him, during the operation, the police recovered among other things, assorted fire arms including 3 AK 47 rifles, one Pump action rifle, two English pistols, eight locally made guns 21 arms, 42 AK 47 ammuniti, 28 live cartridges, 12 locally made AK 47 ammunition, bows, arrows and other local weapons.