The immediate closure of four markets in Zamfara has been closed by the state government.
This development came hours after 30 people were reportedly killed when gunmen attacked some communities in the state on Wednesday.
This was contained in a statement released on Thursday by the Zamfara commissioner for information, Ibrahim Dosara.
According to the information commissioner, the closure will take effect immediately.
He listed the markets as Magami and Wanke markets in Gusau LGA, Dansadau market in Maru, and Dauran market in Zurmi.
While calling for collaboration among security agencies in the state, the commissioner added that “anyone found violating law and order within and around the affected markets” will be dealt with “ruthlessly”.
Dosara, who described the recent attacks as an act of “terrorism”, said the state is deeply saddened by the development, considering its peace-building efforts.
“The Government of Zamfara State under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawallen Maradun, is deeply saddened by Wednesday’s attacks on some communities in Magami District of Gusau Local Government Area of the state,” the statement reads.
“The government noted with dismay, the callous act of terrorism meted 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.”
Dosara added that the ministry of humanitarian affairs has been directed to urgently reach out to affected communities for the provision of immediate assistance to the families of the victims.
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