Growing concerns have greeted the rising incidence of cattle theft and accompanying rape of women and children by rustlers, a trend which has continued unabated in some areas of Katsina State.
Cases of cattle-rustling occur in areas like Safana, Faskari, Funtua, Batsari and Danmusa, with allegations of collusion by locals being rife.
Although the details of the total number of cattle stolen by these unidentified rustlers are sketchy, sources revealed that hundreds of cattle have been brazenly stolen by persons who often attack villages at night to carry out the nefarious act.
A resident of Wagini Village, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, said he lost over 50 cattle to the rustlers who invaded his community in the dead of the night.
“They invaded our community, assembled all of us and took our cattle while we watched helplessly, because they were heavily armed,” he said.
He also revealed that far-flung villages are now bound by fear of the marauders.
Findings revealed that some villages in Faskari local government had to temporarily relocate, due to constant harassment by the rustlers who not only steal their prized possession, but also rape their wives and girls.
One of such villages is the sleepy Gora Community where residents allege that they have been constantly harassed by rustlers.Continue reading