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Zamfara reopens markets shut over insecurity

Author:
Maryam Abdullahi

The Zamfara government has approved the reopening of seven weekly markets which were closed over rising insecurity in the state.

In a statement issued on Monday, Ibrahim Dosara, Zamfara commissioner for information, said the closure will take effect from November 1.

Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara, had earlier ordered the closure of weekly markets and suspended movement of livestock beyond the state’s borders.

According to the commissioner, the approval to reopen came after the government received reports of normalcy in the affected areas.

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He said livestock or any related markets are excluded and should remain closed.

“This is to inform the general public that following reports of sanity in parts of the state, and series of requests by members of the public, the government has considered and approved reopening of the following weekly markets, beginning from Monday, Nov. 1, 2021,” the statement reads.

“The markets include; Nasarawar Burkullu Market, Bukkuyum local government area; Talata Mafara market, Talata Mafara local government area and Gusau market, Gusau local government area.

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“Others are, Shinkafi market, Shinkafi local government area; Kasuwar Daji market, Kaura Namoda local government area; Nasarawar Godel market, Birnin-Magaji local government area and Danjibga market, Tsafe local government area.

“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.

“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.”

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