The government of Zamfara State in Northwestern Nigeria has approved the reopening of seven weekly markets that had been closed to address insecurity issues in the state.
The State Government had in August ordered the closure of markets in the state and prohibited petrol stations from selling petrol above N10,000, and the sale of the fuel in jerry cans.
Terrorists operating in the Northwest are believed to be supplied with petrol in jerry cans to fuel their motorcycles and stage attacks and kidnappings for ransom across many villages in the state.
Ibrahim Dosara, Zamfara State’s Commissioner for Information said in a statement on Monday, Nov. 1 that the reopened markets include Nasarawar Burkullu market in Bukkuyum Local Government Area, Talata Mafara market in Talata Mafara Local Government Area, and Gusau market in Gusau Local Government Area.
Others are, Shinkafi market, Shinkafi Local Government Area; Kasuwar Daji in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area; Nasarawar Godel market, Birnin-Magaji Local Government area and Danjibga market, Tsafe Local Government Area.
Dosara said the reopening of the markets followed reports of “sanity in parts of the state, and series of requests by members of the public”, adding that the reopening of the markets takes effect from Monday, Nov. 1.
He, however, clarified that the opening of the markets did not warrant the sale or movement of livestock, and that any violation of the order would result in punishment.
“People should not be seen carrying any weapons into the markets and no person should be seen attacking or threatening anybody in the name of whatever group or organisations,” he said.
“Security agencies are, by this notice, directed to ensure that people carry out their lawful businesses within and around the markets, without harassment or intimidation.”
“The Task Force on the implementation of the Executive Order of the state should ensure compliance and guard against any breach of the order.”
The commissioner added that the government would not hesitate to once again close down any market found to be violating the order.
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