Kogi governor bans facemask, orders brothels’ shutdown


All brothels in Kogi State that house prostitutes have been ordered to close by Governor Yahaya Bello.

In order to assure correct identification of people in the state, he also prohibited the wearing of facemasks in public.

This is a follow-up to a string of security lapses the state has recently witnessed.

During a meeting with all first- and second-class traditional rulers in the state, including local government council chairmen, he gave the directive on Tuesday in Lokoja.

Additionally, Lokoja, Osara, Zango, Itobe, Obajana, and all other parts of the state were ordered by Bello to have their shantytowns removed and demolished.

He suggested meeting with tricycle and motorbike riders for proper documentation with the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Local Government Chairmen, union leaders, and security agencies.

Additionally, Governor Bello encouraged all traditional leaders to protect their territories and see to it that all of their local crevices are cleaned.

“It is only your duty to ensure tranquil cohabitation in your realm. The governor stated that it is solely your obligation to make sure that there is no illegal activity of any kind in every nook and cranny of your districts.

He also expressed sympathy to the loved ones of the security agents who died last Saturday in the Ajaojuta Local Government Area.

Bello issued a stern warning to politicians not to become engaged in anything that could jeopardize the public’s calm and the security they currently enjoy while urging all local government council chairmen and security agencies to continue carrying out their duties without fear or favor.

Let me sound a warning to all lawmakers, regardless of their party leanings, to refrain from doing anything that would jeopardize the tranquility that we are currently experiencing in the state, he continued.



Vincent Paul

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