The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has banned the sales of animals and imposed a curfew on the state, as part of measures to combat both kinetic and non-kinetic security challenges in the state.
Tambuwal said that some parts of the state have been bedeviled by insecurity as a result of armed banditry which had led to huge loss of lives and properties as well as undermined free movement of people, goods, and services in the affected areas.
The governor, who approved the ban and restriction on movements on Wednesday, was said to have taken the decision after wide consultations with all stakeholders and constituted authorities as well as security and law enforcement agencies.
Addressing pressmen after the ban, the state Commissioner for Information, Isah Bajini, said that the activities of bandits and other criminals were causing damages to both social and economic activities across the state.
“Therefore, it is necessary and expedient to make an order forthwith to deal with the current security challenges without prejudice to any detailed order which may be effected in respect of any of such challenges that will arise anytime hereafter,” he added.
According to him, the Isa – Marnona Road has been closed to all motorists until further notice, and that travelers should ply other routes to link their destination particularly the Goronyo-Sabon Birni axis.
The commissioner noted that movements of firewoods with trucks and other vehicles from the forests to any part of the state have also been prohibited to prevent attacks within the state.
He said: we have also “suspended the sale of all animals and prohibited transportation of cattle using trucks in Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Illela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah Tambuwal, Tangaza, Tureta, and Wurno Local Governments Areas.
The governor’s aide also said that commercial motorcycle operators popularly called Okada have been banned from conveying three passengers and that commercial tricycle operators have been prohibited from conveying more than three passengers across the state.
“Prohibition of operation of commercial tricycles and motorcycles from 10:00 pm to 6:00 a.m in the State capital, and from 6:00 p.m 6:00 a.m in Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Gwadabawa, Ilela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah Tambuwal, Tangaza, Tureta, and Wurno Local Governments Areas”.
Bajini added: “Prohibition of the sale of second-hand motorcycles at Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Illela, Isa, Kebbe , Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah Tambuwal, Tangaza, Tureta, Achida, Gande, Gwadabawa and Wurno Markets;
“Prohibition of the sale of petrol in jerry cans at filling stations and only designated Filling stations are allowed to sell petrol and diesel of not more than N5,000.00 to motorists in Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Illela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah, Tambuwal, Tangaza, Tureta, and Wurno Local Governments Areas;
“Only authorised essential workers (health personnel, security personnel, and Journalists) could use tricycles and motorcycles beyond the banned periods”.