Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has warned herders in the state against banditry.
Speaking at the launch of a state-wide mass vaccination for cattle and small ruminants, held in Kadawa, Garun-Mallam LGA of the state on Saturday February 26, Ganduje noted that his administration has provided modern alternatives to improve the businesses of herders.
The Governor said any herder found involved in banditry would get the death sentence, while those involved in cattle rustling would be sentenced to life imprisonment.
“I call on you, the Fulani herders, not to engage in cattle rustling or banditry. 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.
“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.”