The police in Benue State have said a total of 185 animals rustled from other parts of the country and brought to the state by the thieves have been recovered.
The command's spokesman, Moses Yamu, said the animals comprised of 174 cattle and 11 sheep which were rustled somewhere between Jigawa and Bauchi states.
He said the stolen animals were then brought to Benue and kept somewhere in Guma Local Government Area but that the police, with the help of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), recovered them.
Yamu also disclosed that two persons have been arrested in connection with the theft of the animals, while 49 of the rustled cows had already been identified by one Alhaji Danbauchi Abubakar as his.
The police spokesman added that the identified cattle had been released to the owner, while the remaining cows and sheep are now in the custody of the CJTF and some trusted Fulani herdsmen in the state.
Meanwhile, Yamu said that four policemen were killed in separate incidences during the recent clashes between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Benue State.
He confirmed to our correspondent in Makurdi that the command lost two of its men in Agatu and the other two in Buruku LGA.
Yamu said the deceased were among security operatives deployed to the crisis-torn areas to restore peace but met their deaths in the process.
He added that relative peace had returned to Agatu and other areas of the state affected by the crisis following the deployment of more troops to the troubled locations.