Niger State Government Bans Cattle Markets, Issues New Security Directives

Niger State Government has announced the suspension of all weekly cattle markets across the state as part of measures to curtail the rising cases of armed banditry and kidnappings, effective from September 1, 2021.

The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, also said in a statement on Tuesday, that any vehicle carrying cattle into the state must show a Way-bill and evidence of origin where cattle were purchased and their destination.

The State had also banned the sale of petroleum products in Jerry Cans or any other containers at filling stations and operations of trucks carrying firewoods and timbers.

He said movement of motorcycles in Minna and environs are only allowed from 6am to 6pm.

Matane further said all petroleum stations were not allowed to sell the product of more than N10,000 to a vehicle at a time.

He also directed filling stations to be vigilant of vehicles or motorcycles coming for repeat purchases.

It was also gathered that the ban on motorcycles would be extended to areas where banditry and kidnappings have persisted.

These measures came five days after the State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, vowed while receiving the Tegina Islamiyya Children at the Government House in Minna that he would put in place necessary measures to deal with the criminals in the state.

The SSG said: “Government is aware of the inconveniences the measures would cause the people, but the decision was taken in the overall interest of the State.”

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