Following the persistent banditry attacks in some parts of the state, Zamfara State Government has closed down four major markets that are situated in the most troubled areas of the state.
In a statement issued to newsmen on Thursday, the commissioner of Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, said the government was deeply saddened by Wednesday’s attacks on some communities in the Magami district of Gusau Local Government Area of the state.
The affected markets, according to Dosara, are Magami Market in Gusau Local Government, Dansadau Market in Maru Local Government, Wanke Market in Gusau Local Government and Dauran Market in Zurmi Local Government.
The commissioner said, “The government noted with dismay, the callous act of terrorism mated to innocent people carrying out their legitimate businesses in search of food for their respective families.
“The government, therefore, condemned the act of terrorism targeted at law-abiding citizens who have been contributing to the development of the state in particular and the country in general.
“The government disturbed by the senseless killings, maiming and general destruction of lives and property of the mostly farming communities had already condoled with the families of the victims of the dastardly act of the callous.
“The government regretted that the evil act happened when the government is making every effort to ensure full return of peace and security in the state.
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“The government, therefore, ordered the immediate stock-taking of the damages inflicted on the affected communities to provide the needed support and assistance for the families of the victims.
“Meanwhile, the State Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs was directed to as a matter of urgency, mobilise to the affected communities and provide immediate assistance to the families of the victims.
“The government also implored security agencies in the state to collaborate with one another to provide the needed security to the areas and across the state.
“The government also deems it necessary to order for the immediate closure of the following markets beginning from today Thursday, April 22, 2021, until further notice.
“Security agencies are hereby directed to ensure strict compliance.
“They are also ordered to deal, ruthlessly, with anyone found violating law and order within and around the affected markets.”
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