The Joint Task Force on Internal Security (JTF) in Yobe, has banned hawking and begging around security checkpoints in the state, a statement said in Damaturu on Tuesday.
The statement, issued by the JTF spokesman, Lt. Eli Lazarus, advised hawkers to use “designated markets and other approved places for trading activities.’’
”Henceforth, anybody found hawking around security checkpoints will be arrested and prosecuted,” the statement stated.
It further warned beggars against squatting around checkpoints to beg for alms from motorists lined up for stop and search operations.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that hawkers and beggars in Damaturu and other major towns in the state often besiege security checkpoints to do business and beg respectively.
The Yobe Government on Monday reviewed the curfew period in the state from 8.00p.m. to 7.00a.m, to 6.00p.m. to 6.00a.m. after the Federal Government declared emergency rule in the state with two others.