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Katsina Govt. stops cattle business, transportation to other states

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

As part of the measures to curb criminalities across Katsina, the State Government has placed a total ban on sales of cattle and transportation of cattle to other states including Lagos, Rivers, and other states.

The State Government also ban the sale of second-hand motorcycles at Charanchi market and restricted commercial motorcycle operators popularly called Okada from transporting three passengers as well as carrying more than three passengers by commercial tricycle operators across the state.

It also reinforced the ban on the operation of commercial tricycles and motorcycles from 10.00pm to 6.00am in the state capital, 6.00pm to 6.00 am in the Front Line Local Government Areas.

These were contained in an executive order, the Security Challenges (Containment) Order, signed into law by the State Governor, Aminu Masari, with a view to closing some of the security gaps across Katsina state.

The 12-point Order, which takes immediate effect from Tuesday, also banned trucks carrying firewood from the bush and the sale of all animals at some selected Local Governments within the state.

The councils where the sale of animals was banned in their markets were Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Malumfashi, Charanchi, Mai’aduwa, Kafur, Faskari, Sabuwa, Baure, Dutsinma, and Kaita Local Government Areas.

In addition, the Security Challenges (Containment) Order also imposed a total closure of Jibia-Gurbin Baure road to all motorists, with travellers plying the road to use the alternative Funtua road until further notice.

Aside from this, the government also closed Kankara-Sheme road to all commercial vehicles and directed that motorists should go through Funtua, meanwhile, private non-commercial vehicles were allowed to make use of the road.

Furthermore, the Order also limits the sale of fuel of not more than N5,000 to motorists at two designated filling stations in Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari, Sabuwa, Dandume, Musawa, Matazu, Dutsinma, Kurfi, Danja, and Kafur Local Government Areas.

Explaining the directives further, the Director-General of Media to the Governor, Labaran Malumfashi, through a statement made available to newsmen, disclosed that the governor also reinforced the prohibition on sales of petrol in Jerrycans at filling stations.

The Order, however, permits identified essential workers including health personnel, security personnel, and journalists, to use tricycles and motorcycles beyond the banned periods.

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