Niger Govt bans horse riding during festivals,ceremonies

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Niger State Government has banned the traditional horse riding during festivals and ceremonies across all the eight Emirates of the State.
A statement issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane disclosed that 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 carryout nefarious activities on law-abiding citizens of the State.
Ahmed Matane then called on the general public to comply fully with this directive as Government will not tolerate any form of horse riding activities during Festivals and Ceremonies while horse owners and parents should warn their wards against non compliance with the order, added that anyone found involved in such act shall be arrested and such horse will be confiscated.
He further warned that Government will not hesitate to take prompt legal action against anyone who flout the directive.
“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”. the SSG stated.
Ahmed 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.
The SSG assured the people of the State that all forms of criminality will soon be nip in the bud and called on the citizens to pray fervently for the State to get out of the present security situation.

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