By Aliyu Nafada, Gombe
Gombe State Environmental Protection Agency (GOSEPA) has arrested two hundred goats in four daysas it commences the implementation of ban on stray animals in the state capital.
This is just as the owners of the affected animals were charged a paltry N500 to secure their release from captivity.
Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo has on this year’s Ei-el-fitr celebration directed owners of stray animals to tame their animals in order to curtail their menaces and went ahead to give a one month ultimatum for compliance
Special Adviser to the state government and General Manager of the Agency, Alhaji Nasiru Haruna whose agency is saddled with the implementation of that directive said the exercise had just been flagged-off and would be extended to local government headquarters in due course.
“The laws have been there and date back to over 50 years. This government wants to revisit that law and this Agency is responsible for enforcing these laws.
“Besides the laws, these animals usually cause accidents on the roads and destroy other people’s belonging, giving an example of a police officer who is presently on clutches.
He said the 174 animals so far arrested were from a section of the state capital, which they fragmented into two for operational purpose and that only 68 animals were presently in custody as 106 had been reclaimed by their owners.
Residents have been cooperative, have the exercise has so far proved successful, except at Gabukka and Missau areas where two youths were also arrested for trying to molest implementers of government directive.