The Zamfara State Government has announced the indefinite closure of four markets.
The ban, according to a statement released by the state commissioner of information Ibrahim Dosara, took effect on April 22.
The affected markets are: Magami and Wanke markers in Gusau local government area, Dansadau Market in Maru and Dauran Market in Zurmi.
Dosara said security agencies had been directed to ensure strict compliance.
They are also ordered to deal ruthlessly, with anyone found violating law and order within and around the affected markets.
“The Government of Zamfara State under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle is deeply saddened by Wednesday’s attacks on some communities in Magami District of Gusau Local Government area of the state,” the statement read.
“The government noted with dismay, the callous act of terrorism mated to innocent people carrying out their legitimate businesses in search of food for their respective families.
“The government, therefore, condemned the act of terrorism targeted at law-abiding citizens who have been contributing to the development of the state in particular and the country in general.
“The government disturbed by the senseless killings, maiming and general destruction of lives and property of the mostly farming communities had already condoled with the families of the victims of the dastardly act of the callous.
“The government regretted that the evil act happened when the government is making every effort to ensure full return of peace and security in the state,” the statement read.
He said the government had ordered the immediate stock-taking of the damages inflicted on the affected communities to provide the needed support and assistance for the families of the victims.
“The State Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs was directed to as a matter of urgency, mobilise to the affected communities and provide immediate assistance to the families of the victims”
“The government also implored security agencies in the state to collaborate with one another to provide the needed security to the areas and across the state,” he added.