… Shuts road,suspends livestock sale in 14 LGA markets
Rakiya A. Muhammad
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto has ordered the total closure of Isa-Marnona Road and the suspension of the sale of all animals in the markets of 14 local government areas of the state.
These were part of measures to tackle insecurity occasioned by banditry which had led to the loss of lives and properties and undermined free movement of people, goods and services in the affected areas.
Commissioner for Information, Sokoto State, Alhaji Isa Bajini, said the Governor gave the ‘Security Challenges (Containment) Order’ in the exercise of powers conferred upon him by subsection (2) of Section 176 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.
The Order, which took effect on September 1, 2021, prohibited transportation of cattle using trucks/lorries in the affected areas which included Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Illela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah Tambuwal Tangaza, Tureta and Wurno.
Also contained in the Order are: *Prohibition of Lorries/Trucks or other vehicles carrying firewood from the forests.
- Prohibition of carrying 3 persons on motorcycles and more than three passengers on a tricycle throughout the State;
*Prohibition of the sale of second-hand motorcycles at Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Ilela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah Tambuwal,Tangaza, Tureta, Achida, Gande, Gwadabawa and Wurno Markets;
*Prohibition of operation of commercial tricycles and motorcycles from 10:00 pm to 6:00 a.m in the State Capital, and 6:00 p.m 6:00 a.m in Gada,Goronyo, Gudu, Gwadabawa, Illela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah Tambuwal Tangaza, Tureta and Wurno Local Government Areas;
- Prohibition of the sale of petrol in jerrycans at filling stations;
*Only designated Filling stations are allowed to sell petrol and diesel of not more than N5,000.00 to motorists in Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Ilela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah, Tambuwal Tangaza, Tureta and Wurno Local Government Areas
- Only authorized essential workers (health personnel, security personnel
and Journalists) could use tricycles and motorcycles beyond the banned periods.
According to Bajini, the Government took the measure out of the need to introduce additional measures in the affected areas to contain the banditry and mitigate the damages it is causing to social and economic activities and preserve peace.
The Governor, he added, urged the people of Sokoto State to adhere to the order passed after wide consultation with all stakeholders.