The Niger State Government has banned the traditional horse riding during festivals and ceremonies across all the eight Emirates of the state.
This was contained in a statement issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane in Minna on Friday.
The SSG said the decision to ban the traditional horse riding followed several complaints received by the government where some unscrupulous elements hiding under these celebrations to wreak havoc and carry out nefarious activities on law-abiding citizens of the State.
He called on the general public to comply fully with this directive as the government will not tolerate any form of horse riding activities during Festivals and Ceremonies.
“Horse owners and parents should warn their wards against non compliance with the order as anyone found involved in such an act shall be arrested and such horse will be confiscated.”
He also warned that the government will not hesitate to take prompt legal action against anyone who flouts the directive.
According to him, the present administration cannot fold its arms and watch some irresponsible elements perpetrate their nefarious activities.
“Government would not succumb to any security threat in whatever forms and would deal decisively in responding to such threats.”
Matane further warned online jobbers using social media for mischief-making and to peddle falsehood as well as inflict fear have survived long enough and shall no longer be tolerated by the State Government.
He then assured the people of the State that all forms of criminality will soon be nipped in the bud and called on the citizens to pray fervently so that the State can get out of the present security situation.
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