Dealers usually visit us at night in the forest to buy rustled cows in trailers, Ado Namarai, a notorious bandit and cattle rustler in Katsina State says.
The suspect who hails from Bugaje, a village in the Jibia Local Government Area of the state, confessed to the police command in the state that he has been involved in a series of kidnappings and banditry.
According to Namarai, he has at least killed no fewer than five persons in his operations.
Narrating how they rustled about 75 cows from a particular village sometimes back when he has paraded along with other criminals recently at the Katsina State Police Command Headquarters, he said:
“There was a time we rustled 75 cows from Sabon Layin in Birnin Gwari and I was given eight of the cows.
“Right there in the forest, we sold the stolen cows to dealers who used to come with trailers to the forest to buy from us. We sell the cows in bulk to them, both big and small at the same rate.
“They pay us then go away and come back late at night to convey them from the forest,” Namarai disclosed.
Naija News understands that Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari and his counterparts from the Northwest region had issued an executive order banning the movement and transportation of cattle as well as lorries /trucks carrying firewood from the forest in the state to other parts of the country with effect from August 31, 2021.
They have equally banned the sale of all animals in some markets in the states as well as the sale of petrol in jerrycans at filling stations and conveying of more than three persons in a tricycle.