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Bauchi Lawmaker Worries Over Harassment Of Residents By Horses

| June 19, 2013 More

 A member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Ilyasu Zwall, has called for the enforcement of the law regulating the use of horses in major cities of the state, to end the harassment of residents by horse riders.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the “Ceremonial Horse Riding (Restriction) Law 2012”, was assented to by Gov. Isa Yuguda on  August 28, 2012.

Zwall, who initiated the bill, said in an interview with NAN that almost one year after the enactment of the law, there was no attempt whatsoever to enforce it.

The lawmaker, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Security, said the aim of the law was to protect the people from the menace of some horse riders, mostly youths, whose action often caused accidents and loss of lives.

“During marriages and other ceremonies, some youths are in the habit of speeding on horses dangerously along highways, causing traffic accidents and sometimes loss of lives.

“There was a time an elderly man riding a bicycle, was knocked down and killed by a horse rider in my presence.

 “The bill I initiated, which has already been passed into law, does not seek to stop horse-riding completely, but to moderate same in such a way that the safety of innocent people are not jeopardised.

“There was negative reaction from the youths over the bill because they see horse-riding as a status symbol, an indication that they have ‘arrived’, but generally speaking, most people are happy with the legislation.

“Unfortunately, there is no implementation because those responsible for enforcement, the FRSC and police, are saying they do not have copies of the law,” he said.

Zwall, who represents Lere/Bula State Constituency, said he once drew the attention of the governor to the non- enforcement of the law and that a directive was immediately given to the ministry of justice to provide copies to relevant law enforcement bodies.

“As I am talking to you now, the governor’s directive has not been complied with and the havoc being wreaked by the reckless horse-riders is continuing,” he said.

In separate interviews, the state Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr Olatunji Sunday and the Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Ladan, told NAN that they were yet to get any copy of the law.

When contacted, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Alhaji Mu’azu Abubakar, told NAN that only the commissioner was competent to speak on the matter, while the Commissioner, Alhaji Mustapha Hassan, also declined comment.

NAN reports that the law has made it mandatory for horse riders to obtain a permit after paying N200,000 before being allowed to use horses during ceremonies.

It also provided for a fine of between N35, 000 to N50,000 in case of injuries and up to N150, 000 if the action of any horse rider results in the death of any resident, as well as a provision for a maximum of three years imprisonment. (NAN)

Category: Bauchi State News

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