– Herders have been warned that the ban on night grazing stands in Edo state
– Governor Obaseki who gave the warning also lamented that there are several illegal cattle markets in the state
– Going further, the governor warned landlords against renting their houses as cattle markets
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.
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.
“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 Nation reports Akeredolu while giving a vote of thanks to dignitaries, appreciated Obaseki, saying that he would make sure he brings him back to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Recall that Obaseki had defected from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2020 election.
Obaseki made the allegation on Monday, February 22, when he inspected the Textile Mill Road catchment of the project in Benin City.
The Edo governor claimed the project was a ruse that had no benefit for the people of the Edo state, adding that his administration would probe the project and recover money stolen.
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