The Borno State Government has banned the sale of alcohol, brothels and spots where illicit drugs are sold and consumed in the state with effect from Friday, January, 20 2017.
Attorney General of the state, Barr. Shehu Lawan who is also the Commissioner for Justice, made this known at a news conference in Maiduguri, stating that only military and para military formations were exempted from the ban.
The announcement stated that sale of alcohol is only legal in military and para military formations known as “Mammy markets” as provided by the liquor Business prohibition Law, 2000.
Those engaged in sales of alcohol particularly in “Galadima, Gamboru, Moduganari, Wukari, Hot bite, Baga road, Mairi, London Ciki, Artillery and Village along Giwa barracks” were also warned to quit.
According to the Attorney General, the state government’s decision became necessary as some of the activities are “clearly regulated or out rightly banned by law.” Other activities banned are:
• Illegal operator of motor parks
• Patent medicine stores
• Baby factories
• Sales of alcohol
• Illicit drugs
• Use of shanties and illegal structures
• Charcoal and firewood
• Use of wrong plate number or unregistered vehicles
Barrister Lawan said a committee in conjunction with security agents will monitor and ensure strict compliance and offenders will be apprehended and prosecuted accordingly.
In other developments, on Thursday, the State Government also said it discovered a baby factory where children were being sold in the state.
The Commissioner for Justice, said four women alongside the principal suspect were arrested for taking part in the crime, a trend described as a notorious act in Galadima area in the state capital.
Mr. Lawal said after the restoration of relative peace in the state capital and its environs, a lot of anti-social activities started to emerge ranging from drug addiction, lawlessness and prostitution.
In his words; “On Sept. 12, 2016, we got an intelligence report by our civilian JTF in Gwange area in the town and we mandated them to arrest a woman who delivered a baby boy and came home without the baby.
The suspects were taken to Gwange Police Station because of the magnitude of the crime and were later transferred to the Police CID Department.”
The commissioner said that one baby was recovered and another one was rescued during a raid on the factory at Galadima.
According to Commissioner, sponsors of the factory were also arrested. The suspects were arraigned before the High Court Number 13, and are now in the maximum prison pending the next court hearing on the matter.