This paper examines the phenomenon of cattle rustling in northern Nigeria with a view to underscoring its strategic implications for national security. By way of qualitative discourse, predicated on secondary sources, the paper observes that cattle rustling represent a veritable threat to public safety and security in Nigeria. This is in view the dire impacts and repercussions of the phenomenon which negates national security of the country. As the way forward, the paper recommends that the government should recognise cattle rustling as a national emergency and put drastic measures, such as proactive community policing, in place towards mitigating it.
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