- The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) plan to shut down meat markets in Enugu state
- Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, chairman of MACBAN in the south east, says the decision is necessary to boost security in the state
- Siddiki explains that the period under which the markets are shut would allow for proper enlightenment of the members of the group
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) said on Saturday, August 10, it would shut down the livestock markets in Enugu as a result of the need to boost security in the state.
MACBAN plans to do this in collaboration with the northern livestock and perishable goods market traders’ union, according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
It was learnt that leaders of the groups spoke in Enugu at a joint news conference after their meeting where they reviewed the security situation in the state as it concerned their businesses.
Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, chairman of MACBAN in the south east, who read the joint resolution, said that they would embark on the sensitisation of all livestock and perishable goods markets necessitating their closure for two days.
"We want to tell our people that they should be mindful of what they do so that they do not allow criminal elements to penetrate their camps.
“In this connection, we are embarking on sensitisation tour of all livestock and perishable goods markets and every Fulani settlements in Enugu state between August 14 and August 15.
“We wish to state that during this sensitisation exercise all livestock and perishable goods markets will be closed down either in cattle markets, Fulani settlements or wherever they exist throughout Enugu state.," he said
Siddiki added that various security agencies including the police, DSS, military and civil defence, would provide the groups with adequate protection during the statewide sensitisation.
He said the groups regretted the unfortunate incident that led to the death of Reverend Father Paul Offu of 'St James The Greater' parish, Ugbawka.
He enjoined the family of the deceased and the people of the state to mourn with fortitude.
“In appreciation of the good gesture, which Enugu state government and people have extended to us, we are prepared to join hands with the police, military and other security agencies in ensuring maximum security in our neighbourhood.
“We, therefore, appreciate Enugu state government for the peace that prevails in the state which has helped us in our business and the peaceful co-existence we have enjoyed over the years,’’ he added.
Legit.ng reported earlier how about 200 priests in the Catholic Diocese of Enugu recently protested the killing of their colleague, Reverend Father Paul Offu, in Enugu state on Friday, August 2.
Offu was killed by unidentified gunmen suspected to be armed herdsmen while he was traveling on the Ihe-Agbudu road in Awgu local government area of the state in the evening of Thursday, August 1.
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