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The Borno state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Kaka Lawan, at a press briefing at the NUJ secretariat in Maiduguri on Thursday, announced that the State government has banned some activities in the state, as part of measures to prevent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents.

 

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He said the activities banned are outfits which the insurgents are still using to promote crimes in the state.

“As a responsive government, we shall not fold our arms and watch some people destroy our society, especially where these activities are clearly regulated or outrightly banned by our laws. These activities include illegal operations of motor parks, chemists and patent medicine; illegal baby factories, brothels, sales of alcohol and illicit drugs, use of wrong number plates or unregistered vehicles”, he said.

Tricycles are also banned from operation in  the state, as well as the sale of firewood and charcoal along the streets of Maiduguri. Illegal shanties and structures used as commercial centers were also affected. Those involved in the businesses  were instructed to relocate to registered locations provided for them.

 

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The Commissioner said the ban on alcohol is to be effected throughout the state starting January 20, while that of motor parks are to be effected in Maiduguri alone; and would commence on Monday January 17.

He also said the sale of alcohol would now only be allowed in military barracks.

According to the commissioner, the ban order was approved at a security council meeting where it was agreed that Boko Haram leveraged on such proscribed areas and illicit activities to carry out attacks.

Mr. Lawan said security agencies have been mobilised to enforce the new rules as soon as the deadlines are due.

 

Written by Okolo Ezinne

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