The Kaduna State Government, Northwest Nigeria, has placed a ban on felling trees for timber, firewood, charcoal, and for commercial purposes in six Local Government Areas in the state amidst growing insecurity.
“In the overriding public security interest arising from several security advisories, the Kaduna State Government announced that the suspension was to take place in Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun, Giwa, Kachia, Kauru, Kajuru LGAs with immediate effects,” Samuel Aruwan, the state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday, Aug. 31.
Aruwan also said all questionable movements and activities within the thick forests across the seven listed Local Government Areas have also been prohibited with immediate effect.
Before the ban, the state government had directed the suspension of weekly markets in Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Giwa, Igabi, Kajuru Local Government Areas.
The government had also banned the selling of petrol in jerry cans within and outside premises of petrol stations in the five local government areas listed, with immediate effect.
These recent bans across the Northwestern state come on the heels of rising insecurity plaguing the state. Security personnel have been directed to ensure compliance with these directives.
The Firewood Sellers Association, Timber Contractors, and Charcoal Sellers Association were strongly advised to comply as vigorous enforcement will be ensured by security agencies, the Commissioner stated.
Citizens were however enjoined to cooperate with the government as necessary steps were taken against banditry and criminality across the state.
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