Obaseki says night grazing ban stands, shuts cattle markets

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Adeyinka Adedipe, Benin

THE Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has reiterated the ban on night-grazing of cattle across the state between 6pm and 6am daily.

The governor also ordered the immediate closure of all illegal cattle markets across the state, urging landlords not to allow their property to be used as an illegal market for sales of cattle.

Obaseki gave the order in Benin City during a meeting on ways to resolve the recent clash in the region with members of Arewa community, security agencies and members of Ogheghe community in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state.

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Obaseki noted, “We realised that several illegal cattle markets are still in operation in the state. All illegal cattle markets in Edo State must be closed immediately.

“Local governments are to submit all approved legal cattle markets and landlords are warned never to allow their premises to be used for sales of cattle unless such premises have been approved. If not, the affected cattle will be confiscated.”

“The Peace Committee (Arewa community, local governments and traditional institutions in the local government) set up two years ago are not working effectively as they should.

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“The committee must be reconstituted immediately and the list of members of the committee from every local government should be submitted to me before 1st of March 2021. Meeting schedule will be made available. Monthly report of the situation from each local government must reach me.”

On the return of motorcycles in prohibited areas in the state, Obaseki ordered security agencies to re-enforce the ban on the operation of motorcycles, adding, “With immediate effect, law enforcement agencies should arrest and confiscate any motorcycle caught in prohibited areas.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Philip Ogbadu, noted, “I want to encourage us to live in peace. Motorcycles will not be allowed in the town again to ensure crime rate is kept low.”

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The leader of the Arewa community, Alhaji Badamasi Saleh, and the Enogie of Ogheghe, HRH Ogbonmwan Michael, hailed the governor for his prompt response in restoring peace in the affected community.

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