Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has issued a warning to herders in the state about banditry.
On Saturday, February 26, at the introduction of a state-wide mass immunization for cattle and small ruminants in Kadawa, Garun-Mallam LGA of the state, Ganduje stated that his administration has provided modern alternatives to help herders enhance their businesses.
The Governor stated that any herder found guilty of banditry would be put to death, while any found guilty of cattle rustling would be sentenced to life in prison.
“I implore you, Fulani herdsmen, not to engage in livestock rustling or banditry,” he urged.
Let me tell you that cattle rustling attracts life imprisonment while banditry is a death sentence.
“I, therefore, caution you to shun these crimes.“We have provided an enabling environment for you to run your business in tandem with modernity.
” Revealing that a total of 703 cattle and 364 sheep and goats were vaccinated in 021 with no infectious disease recorded, Ganduje further added that Kano state is targeting one million cattle and small ruminants for the vaccination.
He said 220 youths had been employed by the state to render veterinary services, free of charge to herders in all the 44 LGAs of the state. Ganduje said; “Vaccination is free of charge.
We have provided food and water for the animals free of charge, aimed at improving animal production.
“Open grazing is now an old modern system, that is why we introduced the RUGA system where the herders are kept in one place, under good condition and care in order to produce quality milk, meat, oil, among others.”