Zamfara State government has banned the sale of cows and cattle without receipts to justify that they were not stolen.
Abubakar Daura, commissioner of security and home affairs, while speaking to journalists in Gusau, said the rate at which stolen cows and cattle were being sold in markets across the state has become unbearable and worrisome.
Daura explained that the state government has decided that the sale of cows and cattle would be carried out under watchful eyes, stressing that security operatives have been instructed to scrutinise sales of the animals.
The commissioner noted that five trailers loaded with cows and cattle were arrested in Kaduna and Lagos States, as they were suspected of being stolen from Zamfara.
“We have been receiving series of reports bordering on stolen cows and cattle and the state government has recovered 500 stolen cows through the committee constituted by the state government on security issues,” he lamented.
“The state government would no longer tolerate the sale of cows and cattle with out any receipt in any market of the state, he stated. ”
Speaking further, the commissioner said the state government has enacted a law, which stipulates that no vehicle will move out of the state or in after 6.00pm to 6.00 am.
He assured that security operatives have been instructed to verify the receipts, adding that both the buyer and seller must also take pictures together.
“We introduced this so that it would be very easy to detect the sellers of stolen cows and cattle and the buyers of the stolen cows so they can be arrested as the are partners in crime,” he added.