Eleven cattle markets in Zamfara State are to remain out of business until further notice, the state government has said.

It says there are trade activities going on between some unscrupulous elements in the state and bandits in Zamfara State. 


This decision is to break the link and deter others from forming an unholy alliance with these bandits.


This move by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Munnir Haidara, became necessary when reports indicated that bandits had been using the market as an avenue to sell stolen cows.

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Zamfara State Commissioner revealed this in a statement released on Wednesday, December 27.

11 Affected Cattle Markets

The affected markets include the Tsafe and Bilbis markets in the Tsafe local government, the Jangebe market in Talata-Mafara local government, and the Wuya market in Anka local government.

Also, affected are the Magamin Diddi market, Galadi market, Mada market, and Sabon Birnin Danali all in Zamfara State.

Furthermore, the markets of Sabon Birnin Dan Ali, Kokiya, Chigama, and Nasarawar Godel in Birnin Magaji local government have not been exempted from this decision.


“These markets have been shut down by the state government due to security reports that the bandits are conniving with some unscrupulous elements to sell off their rustled cows in those markets,” Munir stated.

He said that the state government had directed the security agencies to ensure compliance and arrest violators of the order.


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“The security personnel have since been directed to arrest any person found in these affected markets,” the statement added.

Haidara urged the residents of the state to adhere to the directive.

Also, he sought their collaboration with the state authorities in their endeavours to eliminate the prevalence of banditry in the region.


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