By Biola Adebayo
The Nigerian Airforce said it has arrested 10 suspected thugs and recovered 57 livestock, with weapons around the Hajj camp in Mando area of Kaduna metropolis.
The commander of the 453 Base Service Group , Air Comdr Idi Sani, stated this at a news conference in Kaduna.
He said the weapons recovered include six Dane guns, cutlasses, machetes and a knife.
He said the exercise was carried out on the directive of the Defence Headquarters for the Armed Forces to carry out Operation “Safe Conduct” to ensure peaceful and conducive atmosphere during the 2019 elections.
The Air force authorities said the rustlers fled the scene abandoning the cattle in the face of superior firepower.
He said all suspects have been handed over to the police for prosecution.
Air Comdr Idi Sani added that Kaduna state government has taken custody of the livestock.