The Kaduna State Government in Northwest Nigeria has announced more critical measures towards crushing bandits in their identified hideouts.
Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs while addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 29 announced a complete ban on the use of motorcycles (Okada) for commercial or personal purposes, for three months in the state.
Aruwan said the government has also banned possession of or wielding any sort of dangerous weapons and the operation of tricycles beyond 7 p.m. WAT.
According to him, all tricycles were instructed to remove all curtains while operations are restricted from dusk till dawn (7 p.m. to 6 a.m.).
He added that all vehicles used for commercial transport in the state are to be painted in yellow and black within 30 days while vehicles that are part of ride hailing services are to carry yellow and black stripes.
The state government just like some other northern state like Zamfara, Katsina also placed a ban on the sale of petrol in jerry-cans or other containers in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kachia, Kagarko, and Kajuru LGAs.
Before the latest measures, Kaduna State Government had placed a ban on felling of trees and forestry activities in Birnin Gwari, Giwa Igabi, Chikun, Kachia, Kagarko and Kajuru LGAs. The ban also included suspension of transportation of firewood and charcoal and the transportation of livestock into and out of the state.
It also suspended weekly markets in the frontline local government areas of Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kajuru and Kawo weekly market of Kaduna North local government.
The steps, according to Aruwan, were taken by the government to address the current security situation in the state and neighbouring states in the Northwest and North-central regions and help the military and other security forces to carry out assaults on the identified locations.
Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of the state announced on Tuesday, Sept. 28 that the state government had formally requested the Nigerian Government to enforce the shutdown of telecom services in parts of the state identified by security agencies as requiring such measures.
Aruwan said the relevant federal agencies have informed the Kaduna State Government that the processes for telecoms shutdown in parts of the state have commenced.
The Government, however, also appealed for the understanding and cooperation of all residents of the affected areas, and indeed across the state.
“These difficult times have demanded that difficult decisions be made,” Aruwan said.
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