As a measure towards curbing rising insecurity in Sokoto State, governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has banned sale of livestock in markets of 13 local government areas of the state.
Tambuwal also imposed a movement restriction on tricycles and motorcycles in both the metropolis and 14 other local governments of the State with immediate effect.
Tambuwal who termed the restriction as an Executive Order in response to the security challenges, added that there would be no more sales of petroleum products in Jerri cans, just as he directed that motorist in 13 local government areas of the State are not allowed to buy more than N5,000-naira worth of fuel at a time.
He stressed further that he is exercising the powers conferred upon him by the Subsection (2) of Section 176 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, to issue the order to be known as: Security Challenges (Containment) Order.
Addressing newsmen on behalf of governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, at the State Government House, the State Commissioner for Information, Hon. Isa Bajini Galadanci said, carrying 3 persons on motorcycles and more than 3 passengers on a tricycle throughout the State stands prohibited.
The statement as read by Isa Galadanci read in part, “Due to the prevailing insecurity in the state, occasioned by armed banditry which has led to huge loss of lives and properties, undermining free movement of people, goods and services in the affected areas, the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, Mutawallen Sokoto has approved an Executive Order in response to the situation.
“The Order takes effect immediately on September 1.”
Explaining further, Galadanci said,
“Operations of commercial tricycles and motorcycles stand banned from 10:00 pm to 6:00 a.m. in the State Capital, and 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. in Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Gwadabawa, Illela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah Tambuwal, Tangaza, Tureta and Wurno Local Governments Areas.
“Only designated Filling stations are allowed to sell petrol and diesel of not more than N5,000 to motorists in Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Ilela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah, Tambuwal Tangaza, Tureta and Wurno Local Governments Areas.
“Immediate total closure of Isa Marnona Road to all motorists until further notice. Travelers plying that road are advised to go through Goronyo-Sabon Birni axis.
“Lorries/Trucks or other vehicles carrying firewood from the forests are hereby prohibited including sales of all animals at the markets of Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Ilela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah Tambuwal, Tangaza, Tureta and Wurno Local Governments Areas.”
The statement also prohibited transportation of cattle using trucks/lorries in Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Illela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah Tambuwal Tangaza, Tureta and Wurno Local Governments Areas.
Tambuwal added however that only authorized essential workers (health personnel, security personnel and Journalists) could use tricycles and motorcycles beyond the banned periods.
“There is also the 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.”
Warning that people of the State must adhere to the provisions of the order, which was passed after wide consultation with all Stakeholders and constituted authorities as well security and law enforcement agencies, Tambuwal said it will help contain the activities of bandits, and mitigate the damages it was causing to social and economic activities and preserve peace in Sokoto State.