The Sokoto Police Command says a significant number Of livestock that escaped from Adiya Farm in Bodinga Local government Area of the State, have returned to the farm within 24 hours.
Some media (excluding DIPLOMATIC DIARY) had on Wednesday reported that bandits invaded Adiya Farm on Tuesday and rustled 315 livestock
The Police in a statement issued on Thursday by Spokesperson of the Sokoto Command, DSP Sanusi Abubakar, said some of the livestock have returned to the farm.
CP Abubakar, who debunked reports of the rustled livestock, said the Command has launched investigation to identify how the livestock returned to the farm.
The statement read: “Recalling on 28/06/2022 at about 0230 hrs, information on intrusion into the farm and escape of three hundred and fifteen (315) livestock was received by the police.
“Upon this information, the Commissioner of Police, CP Muhammed Usaini Gumel FIPMA, deployed tactical teams for fact finding and on-the-spot assessment on the incident. There followed the deployment of investigation team to unravel the circumstances that led to the situation.
“Fortunately on 29/06/2022 at about 1300 hrs, information was received from the owner Alhaji Abdullahi S. Gobir Adiya that, One hundred and thirty five (135) among them have returned back to the farm comprising of 65 bulls and 78 rams respectively.
“Investigation into the matter has already been intensified as there are elements of foul play suspected and that it is not cattle rustling as earlier reported by some media outlets.
“It’s on this note that the Commissioner of Police, Sokoto State police Command, CP Muhammad Usaini Gumel FIPMA, psc appealed to all residents of Sokoto State to be calm and should not panic, as the Police under his stewardship is on top of the situation and seriously strategizing on ways to tackle the matter and overcome similar criminal challenges facing the state.
“Upon his assumption, the CP has restructured the Command’s crime fighting tools and adopting results oriented strategies leveraging on skills such as Community policing, intelligence led, and technology driven policing systems and further assured residents in the State of their safety and protection of lives and prosperities.”