Insecurity: Zamfara orders immediate closure of 4 markets

…Suspends distribution of relief materials

The Zamfara State government has ordered for the
immediate closure of four markets in the State.

This development came hours after about 80 people were reportedly killed after suspected gunmen attacked some communities in the State on Wednesday.

The directive was contained in a statement released on Thursday by the State’s Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara. He listed the markets as Magami and Wanke markets in Gusau LGA, Dansadau market in Maru, and Dauran market in Zurmi.

According to the commissioner, the closure is to take effect immediately.

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.

In a related development, the State government has suspended the distribution of relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), saying would rather train the victims in various trades.

The State’s Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Ms. Faika Ahmed, disclosed this on Friday in Gusau during the distribution of relief materials by the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The relief materials were donated by King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia through his humanitarian agency, King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre

She said the ministry had secured approval from Gov. Bello Matawalle to train the IDPs in various trades such as tailoring, knitting, soap and oil making, among others. According to her, this will make them self-reliant when they return home.

The commissioner thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for donating the relief materials to victims of armed banditry and other natural disasters in the State.

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