- The Zamfara state government has taken a critical step to forestall further killings by bandits
- Governor Bello Matawalle has temporarily shut down four markets in three LGAs
- The governor described the destructive activities of the criminals as mindless and inhuman
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Following the attack on residents in Zamfara by bandits, Governor Bello Matawalle on Thursday, April 22, ordered the immediate closure of four markets.
In a statement released by the office of the governor, markets like Dansadau Market in Maru local government, Dauran Market in Zurmi LGA were affected, TVC News reports.
The rest are Magami and Wanke Markets in the Gusau local government area of the state.
Referring to the incident as inhuman, Matawalle expressed sadness over the havoc wreaked by the criminals.
Black Wednesday: Zamfara in deep mourning as bandits raid 6 communities, kill 45 people, dozens missing
The governor, as reported by Punch, lamented:
“It is sad and condemnable 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.
“We as government are disturbed by the senseless killings, maiming and general destruction of lives and property of the mostly farming communities.”
Earlier, the state was thrown into deep mourning by some suspected armed bandits who launched multiple attacks in six communities on Wednesday, April 21, killing at least 45 people.
Dozens of people including women and children are missing in the aftermath of the attacks.
Legit.ng gathered that the bandits also razed down shops and public and private buildings. The affected communities are in Magami District of Gusau local government area, namely; Yar Doka, Kango, Ruwan Dawa, Madaba, Arzikin Da and Mairairai.
Residents were cited as saying that the armed men first laid siege on Yar Doka village on motorbikes and shot anyone at sight. One of the traumatized residents said the whereabouts of dozens of people who escaped the attack is still unknown.
It was learnt that the same bandits proceeded to another village called Kango and shot dead at least 11 people. A resident, Halliru Bala, said the armed men also killed 13 people in Ruwan Dawa community along Gusau-Dansadau road.