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Insecurity: Niger Governor Suspends Cattle Markets

In a bid to check security challenges, Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State on Tuesday, suspended operation of cattle markets in the state.

The suspension was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Matane.

Matane said the governor’s directive will take effect as from wednesday.

Part of the statement reads, “Any vehicle carrying cattle into the state must show way-bill and evidence of the origin where the cattle were purchased and their destination.”

According to the statement, the state government had banned the sale of petroleum products in jerry cans or any other containers at filling stations.

“All filling stations should not sell petrol of more than N10,000 to each vehicle at a time and should be wary of vehicles or motorcycles coming for repeat purchases,” the statement added.

The government also said it had suspended the operation of trucks carrying firewood/timber across the state, adding that all motorcycles are only allowed to operate from 6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.

“Government is aware of the inconveniences the measures would cause the people, but the decision was taken in the overall interest of the state.

“Government has condemned in strong terms the degree of carnage and mayhem bandits and kidnappers are causing to some parts of the state and reiterated its continued determination to rid the state of any security threat”.

The government, therefore, called on the people of the state to be very vigilant, security conscious and report all suspicious characters, movements or objects to security agents.

They also directed security agencies to ensure effective and strict compliance/enforcement of these measures.

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