The Igbo Etiti legislative council in Enugu state has passed a bye-law barring youths from loitering within communities in the local government area between 6 a.m. and noon.

The leader of the council, Titus Ejili, told NAN in Enugu on Friday that the law was timely and necessary to reduce crimes being committed within these early hours.

Ejili said the bye-law became imperative, considering the level of crime being committed in the area.

He said youths aged between 12 and 25 years come out as early as 6 a.m. and be loitering in the various bus-stops.

“These youths look out for people going to their lawful businesses and in some cases, attack market women and make away with their belongings,” he said.

“The legislative arm of Igbo-Etiti government finds it imperative to put a check to this ugly menace.

“We have also made another law to stop those celebrating any event from blocking major roads within the council.

“You know that in Igbo culture, funeral is a big ceremony that showcases the culture of our people and in most cases, people jubilate.

“At such celebrations, the celebrants block major roads, cut down palm and banana trees and some other things.”

He explained that such blockage often led to accidents and sometimes disturbed commuters plying those roads from going about their normal businesses.

The leader urged the people to celebrate events in their compounds.

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