From Molly Kilete. Abuja
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has given a pass mark to police officers deployed to Rivers State, in the just concluded re-run parliamentary elections held on Saturday.
The IGP has also promised that the problem of cattle rustling currently ravaging some states in the country would soon be a thing of the past.
Speaking on the just-concluded Rivers rerun polls, Idris said even though some disgruntled elements in the state attempted to foist violence and insecurity on the populace, the police provided the enabling environment for a crisis-free election.
The IGP, while noting that the enthronement of credible electoral process remains one of the police’s uppermost priorities, commended the people of Rivers State for the cooperation availed the police and other security agencies during the elections.
Noting that kidnapping and cattle rustling are major security challenges in the country, the IGP expressed hope that, with the establishment of the committee, cattle rustling would soon end.
He charged the 27-man committee to come up with ideas that would help the police enforce the relevant laws to tackle the menace.
“As committee members, you are going to be coming up with policies and strategies for the police on how we can address some of these cattle rustling issues and how the State police 36, commands can stamp out cattle rustling in this country”.
In his address at the occasion the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of animal branch, Charles Ugomuoh, said the committee will, among others, enforce the animal disease control act and see to the resuscitation of forest guards and establishment of functional cattle markets in the states.
Also speaking, Professor Sharabutu Garba promised that the committee would carry out its responsibilities in accordance with laid down terms and conditions for peace to reign in the country.
The committee is made up of state directors of veterinary services, Nigerian Association of Agriculture Product Dealers, Miyeti Allah Breeders Association.