Zamfara reopens seven markets



Bello Mohammed Matawalle, Governor of Zamfara State has announced the re-opening of seven livestock markets in the state.

The state is suffering from the activities of bandits for the last five years. It intensified early this year, which led the government, state and federal, to introduce many measures in scuttling major.

The governor made the announcement on Friday afternoon during the swearing in of new appointees held in Gusau.

According to a statement by Zailani Bappa, the governor's aide, the selected markets includes livestock markets in Gummi, Bagega, Danjibga, Kasuwar Daji, Tsafe, Talata-Mafara and Nasarawar Godel.

The governor said the decision to re-open them follows the improvement in the security situation in the state in the last one month and the concern of the state government given how their continued closure had caused hardship to the people and the state’s economy.

He warned that nobody is allowed to henceforth take laws into one's hands even in an obvious breach, as government will no longer take it lightly with any person or groups killing people in market places as obtained in the past.

'Anybody caught breaking this rule will face the appropriate wrath of the law. I therefore call on vigilante groups and concerned individuals to follow the rule of law and due process in addressing any issue that might arise in such situations,' Gov. Matawalle warned.

He called on traditional rulers and other community leaders to ensure that the new measure is monitored and tailored to succeed so that more relaxation of the anti-banditry measures can follow in due course.

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