Niger Govt. bans horse riding during festivals, ceremonies



The Niger Government has banned the traditional horse riding during festivals and ceremonies across all the eight emirates in the state.

This was contained in a statement issued by Albaji Ahmed Matane, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), in on Friday.

Matane said the ban followed several complaints received by government from the people of the state.

said the people complained that some unscrupulous elements hid the celebrations to engage in nefarious activities and wreak havoc law- citizens.

called general public to comply fully with the directive as government would not tolerate any form of horse riding during festivals and ceremonies.

The SSG enjoined horse owners and parents to caution their children/wards against disobeying the order, adding that anyone found involved in the act would arrested and the horse confiscated.

warned that government would not hesitate to take prompt legal action against anyone who flouted the directive.

“The present administration cannot fold its arms and watch some irresponsible elements perpetrate their nefarious activities,” he said.

According to the SSG, government not succumb to any threat in whatever form and decisively response to such threats.

Matane assured the people that all forms of criminality would soon nipped in the bud, and called on them to fervently so that the state could overcome its present challenges. (NAN)