In the Democratic Republic of C0ngo
A minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo has ordered a Kinshasa jail to release a dozen goats, which he said were being held there illegally. Deputy Justice Minister Claude Nyamugabo said he found the goats just in time during a routine jail visit.
The beasts were due to appear in court, charged with being sold illegally by the roadside.
The minister said many police had serious gaps in their knowledge and they would be sent for retraining.
Mr Nyamugabo was conducting a routine visit to the prison when, he said, he was astonished to discover not only humans, but a herd of goats crammed into a prison cell in the capital. He has blamed the police for the incident.
It is not clear what will happen to the owners of the goats, who have also been imprisoned.
BBC Africa analyst Mary Harper says that given the grim state of prisons in Congo, the goats will doubtless be relieved about being spared a trial.
There was no word on what their punishment would have been, had they been found guilty
BBC 10th September 2008
MR. Cheche Kalu Orji, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Zamfara State, says he is tired of errant goats that are making the highway unsafe for motorists and will soon begin to punish them.
According to a report, the Zamfara FRSC sector commander had promised to start arresting stray goats and other animals roaming the streets of Zamfara State. His intention about the animals was clear: They would be clamped into detention.
According to Mr. Orji: “These animals pose serious problems to motorists and we have resolved to arrest them anytime our men see them without any escort…”
Nigerian Tribune, 17th September 2008