A Magistrate Court in Kano State, Northern Nigeria has ordered a man identified as Malam Yusuf, to kill his cockerel on or before Friday for causing noise pollution.
One of the plaintiffs, Yusuf Muhammed, of Ja’en quarters of Kano’s metropolis told the court that the cockerel’s relentless crowing was an infringement of his right to a restful sleep.
While admitting his cockerel’s knack for loud crows, Mr Shu’aibu prayed the court to stay the judgement until Fridayy, April 7, 2023.
He told the court that he had bought the bird to celebrate Good Friday and asked to be given until the Christian holy day before killing it for a family feast.
Vanguard reports that the Chief Magistrate held that the domestic bird is a nuisance to the neighbourhood and therefore asked Yusuf to ensure he kills the cockerel on or before Friday as ordered or faces a penalty from the court.
Meanwhile, keeping livestock and poultry in homes across Nigeria where they are reared for food and for commercial purposes is constitutional. However, under the Wild Animals (Captive Animals) Regulations (1975), possessors of wild animals are required to obtain a license.