The Commander of the Special Task Force on security in Jos, Maj. Gen. Tagbo Ude, says the task force has set up a vigilance group to check cattle rustling in the state.
According to him, the vigilance group is made up of herdsmen and the locals.
The commander told our correspondent in an interview in Jos on Sunday that that the move had significantly reduced the rate of cattle rustling in the the state, thereby minimising the hostilities associated with the crime.
He said many stolen cows had been recovered and returned to their owners, adding that some of the rustlers had been apprehended and handed over to security agencies.
The commander said, “The fact remains that it is only a cow thief that knows the language of cows and so the vigilance group made up of mostly cattle rearers and the local population has helped to curtail the incidence of cow rustling. This has also minimised the tension usually associated with cow rustling.”