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Operation Thunders Strike recovers 371 livestock, arrests 3 suspects in Kaduna

Operatives of Operation Thunder Strike, on Tuesday handed over no fewer than 371 livestock recovered from rustlers to the Kaduna State Government.

Three suspects arrested in the course of the operation were also handed over to the government for further investigation and prosecution.

The event was held in Rijana, Kachia Local Government Area of the state.

The joint operation commenced on May 10, 2019, and comprised of the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, DSS and National Intelligence Agency.

The Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 1 Division Nigerian Army Kaduna, Col. Ezindu Idimah, who performed the handing over ceremony, said the main objective of the operation was to contain and clear Abuja-Kaduna highway of cattle rustlers, bandits and kidnappers.

“So far, the operation has been able to frustrate the activities of the criminals in the area of operation, many arrests and recoveries of weapons have been made.

“One such achievement recorded is the recovery of 116 cattle and arrest of three suspected cattle rustlers and bandits.” Idimah added that on June 18, the operatives also intercepted a cattle rustler who narrowly escaped with gun shot wounds, but “our forces recovered 247 cattle and eight sheep, recovered one AK 47 rifle and a motorcycle.”

The Special Adviser on Security to Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i and Coordinator of the state security outfit, Operation Yaki, AIG Murtala Abbas (rtd), while receiving the livestock on behalf of the state government, commended the troops for their efforts at safeguarding lives and property of the people.

He assured that the livestock would be handed back to their owners, adding that the yardstick to identify the genuine owners would be publicized.

“Only owners with genuine means of identification, including when and where the livestock was stolen and whether report of the theft was made, would be considered,” he said.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.