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The acts also banned drinking of alcohol from 6am to 1:59pm.

 

The Benue State Police Command has started enforcing the liquor acts to reduce insecurity in the state.

A statement by the Command’s spokesperson, DSP, Catherine Anene disclosed that beer parlours would not be allowed to operate beyond 10pm.

The acts also banned drinking of alcohol from 6am to 1:59pm.

Anene explained that the Act had been in existence for a long time but the state failed to enforce it.

She said, “There is a liquor act which stipulates that people who sell beer or alcohol in beer parlours and open places shouldn’t be there beyond 10pm. That is part of the law, there are other provisions of the law.

“But in Benue for a long time now, people sell alcohol beyond 10pm and some till the next day. So when the new Commissioner came, he said that will encourage crime. When people drink so much even beyond normal hours, they begin to misbehave and it encourages crime.”

The statement also quoted the state Commissioner of Police, Audu Madaki as instructing Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) to hold a meeting with beer parlour owners in the state to enlighten them on the provisions of the Acts.

In response, beer parlour operators in Makurdi lamented as they described the enforcement as a way of paralyzing their businesses.

One of the operators, Mr Peter Hir, said the police have started enforcing the Acts without any prior notice.

He said, “So now, bars, night clubs and beer parlours are the largest employers of labour and police want to cripple it.”

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