The government of Zamfara state has again closed eleven cattle markets in various locations across the state until further notice.
Munnir Haidara, the Commissioner of Information for Zamfara State, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.
The decision, effective until further notice, is a result of security reports stating that bandits are using these markets to auction rustled cows.
Among the affected marketplaces are Tsafe and Bilbis markets in Tsafe local government, Jangebe market in Talata-Mafara local government, Wuya market in Anka local government, Magamin Diddi market in Maradun Local government, Galadi market in Shinkafi local government, Mada market in Gusau local government, and Sabon Birnin Danali in Birnin Magaji local government.
According to Haidara, “The state government finds it absolutely necessary to close down these markets due to security reports that the bandits are conniving with some unscrupulous elements to sell off their rustled cows in those markets. The security personnel have since been directed to arrest any person found in these affected markets.”
The commissioner has appealed to the residents of Zamfara State to comply strictly with the rules and cooperate with the state government to address the activities of bandits.