Zamfara state government has issued a directive for the immediate closure of several cattle markets (known as Kara) in five local government areas within the state.
In an a statement issued to newsmen by Mannir Mu’azu Haidara, the state Commissioner for Information, disclosed the move by the Government is a bid to combat rising insecurity in the state.
The affected cattle markets, according to the statement, include Danjibga and Kunchin Kalgo in Tsafe local government, Bagega and Wuya cattle markets in Anka, Dangulbi and Dansadau in Maru, Dauran in Zurmi, and Nasarawar Burkullu in Bukkuyim local government areas.
The decision to temporarily shut down these cattle markets was reached during the State Security Council Meeting, held on Thursday, August 31, 2023, at the Council Chamber in Gusau
“It comes in response to the nefarious activities of suspected armed bandits involved in the illegal sale and transport of rustled cattle” disclosed the Commissioner.
Haidara elucidated that the council members have called upon security agencies and the Directorate of Animal Health and Livestock Development to rigorously enforce these measures.
They have also reassured the general public and relevant stakeholders of their commitment to closely monitor and review the situation, with the ultimate goal of restoring peace in the affected cattle markets.