security challenges: Katsina Locks Roads

The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, has authorized the “immediate and total closure” of the Jibia-Gurbin Baure road to all motorists until further notice.

Masari’s order follows the rise in security challenges in the state. In the notice tagged “Security Challenges (Containment) Order” and issued on Monday, he stressed that he was exercising the powers vested on him by sub-section (2) of Section 176 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

In the executive order, masari noted thus: “Travelers plying that road are advised to go through Funtua,” an executive order signed by Masari on Monday said.

The Governor explained that the closure of the roads and other measures were in the He tagged the notice. The order also directed “immediate closure of Kankara-Scheme road to all commercial vehicles which are advised to go through Funtua.

“Only private noncommercial vehicles are to ply the road and lories; trucks carrying firewood from the bush are banned.

“Suspension of sale of all animals at the markets of the following Local Government Areas: Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Malumfashi, Charanchi, Mal’adua, Kafur, Faskari, Sabuwa, Baure, Dutsinma and Kaita.

“Ban on transportation of cattle trucks from Katsina State to any other state in Nigeria.

“Total ban on carrying three persons on motorcycles and more than three passengers on a tricycle.

“Total ban on the sale of second-hand motorcycles at the Charanchi market.

“Re-enforcement of the ban on the operation of commercial tricycles and motorcycles from 10.00 p.m to 6.00 a.m in the state capital and 6.00 p.m to 6.00 a.m in the frontline Local Government Areas.
“Re-enforcement of the total ban on the sale of petrol in jerry cans at filling stations.

“Only two designated filling stations can sell fuel of not more than N5,000.00 to motorists in Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari, Sabuwa, Dandume, Musawa, Matazu, Dutsinma, Kurfi, Danja and Kafur Local Government Areas.

“Identified essential workers (health personnel, security personnel and Journalists) could use tricycles and motorcycles beyond the banned periods.”

The Governor noted that compliance would come to effect from August 31, 2021.

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