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Zamfara: Gov Matawalle set new rules against banditry.

From: Umar Faruk Mohammed, Gusau.
Worried over the resurgence of act banditry, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has announced  stringent measures aimed at curtailing the growing activities of bandits in the state.
A statement issued by the SPecial Adviser Media and Communication, Zailanu Baffa said henceforth, all filling stations in the state are banned from selling fuel except in Gusau, the state capital and the headquarters of the local Government areas.
Similarly, the sale of fuel in jerry cans is disallowed in all filling stations while roadside purchase (popularly known as black market) are entirely banned.
The statement further said governor Matawalle further announced that all weekly markets across the state are suspended but normal market activities of buying and selling for local consumptions are exempted from the ban.
The Government further ordered that the transportation of livestock to and from the State is henceforth suspended while the transportation of food across the state and outside the state must be verified to authenticate its destination otherwise will be seized and taken to the orphanage.
Under the new rules further include the banning of riding on motorcycles and tricycles from 6pm to 6am in the state except the state capital which starts by 8pm to 6am everyday.
It further said, any tricycle that is covered will be stopped to verify its passengers, otherwise will be apprehended.
Governor Matawalle reiterated the ban on more than two persons riding a motorcycle and warned that those who break the law stand the risk of being shot at by security operatives.
The Governor called on all citizens in the state to observe these rules to avoid unfortunate incidents as the security operatives will be empowered to treat offenders as suspected bandits.
He said a committee will be constituted to ensure compliance to ensure added sanity in our communities.

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