The Zamfara state government has closed seven major roads and some markets as part of measures to contain insecurity in the state.
State Information Commissioner Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara revealed this on Friday.
The roads are Colony to Lambar Boko, Bakura to Lambar Damri Road, Mayanchi- Daki Takwas to Gummi Road, Daki Takwas to Zuru Road, Kucheri- Bawaganga – Wanke Road, Magami to Dangulbi Road, Gusau to Magami Road.
Dosara said that following the recent spate of attacks on some communities in some local government areas of the state and the increase in cases of kidnapping in the state, the government has considered and approved some measures to reduce insecurity in the state.
“The government is saddened and concerned about the resurgence of bandit activities and recent killings of innocent people in Gusau, Tsafe, Gummi, Bukkuyum, Anka Bungudu, Maru, Maradun and Kaura Namoda local government areas,” Dosara said. .
Other measures taken include the closure of local government areas of Anka, Bukkuyum and Gummi as well as towns and villages including Yarkofoji, Birnin Tudu, Rini, Gora Namaye, Janbako, Faru, Kaya, Boko and Mada.
“All travel is now restricted in the aforementioned local communities and cities. Security personnel have been instructed to deal ruthlessly with anyone violating the restraining order. The state government has also considered closing Danjibga and Bagega markets,” he added.
Dosara further explained that the government at this stage has found it necessary to introduce strict measures that may inadvertently harm people. However, the measures would aim to limit recent excesses by bandits with the overall goal of crippling their ability to attack communities.
State Police Commissioner CP Kolo Yusuf had been patrolling the entire Gusau-Yandoto-Tsafe-Funtua road to assess safety issues, according to the State Police Command spokesperson, SP Muhammad Shehu.
Shehu said CP also oversaw some strategic points where the operational deployment of additional police tactical squads was done to ensure the safety of travelers along the route.
During the patrol, the police commissioner also mapped out some strategic locations along the road which were instantly fortified with the deployment of police tactical officers from the Police Mobile Force (PMF), the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) and Anti-Violence Squad Command.
During the patrol, the CP also visited the Yandoto division headquarters and the police officers deployed along the Yandoto-Mada road where he commended their resilience in protecting the villages and communities in the area, the urging them to be more conscious of their duty.