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Niger bans horse riding, warns against criminal acts


Niger State government banned traditional horse riding during Eid-El-Fitri celebration across its eight emirate councils. In a statement, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, explained that the ban followed intelligence report received that some elements were planning to wreck havoc during the festivities.

Matane, who urged the general public to comply with the directive throughout the period of the celebration, advised horse owners and parents to warn their children against disobeying the order.

He threatened that anyone found involved in the act would be arrested for prosecution and the horse would be confiscated.

“Niger State government will not fold its arms watching 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 threat, “ the statement read.

Matane also said that those using social media for mischief making, peddling falsehood and instilling fear in the mind of the people would no longer be tolerated.

The SSG assured residents of the state that all forms of criminality would soon be tackled, calling on the people to pray for government to get out of the present security challenges.


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