By Charles Nwabardi

Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara State has announced new measures aimed at curtailing the growing cases of banditry in the state, including the closure of all major markets.

In addition, the governor banned motorcycles (okada) from carrying three passengers as he ordered  security operatives in the state to shoot anyone flouting the order. He also banned petrol stations in the state from selling fuel, except those in Gusau and the 14 local government headquarters.

“In addition, no eligible petrol station is allowed to sell fuel of more than N10,000 to a single customer. Similarly, the sale of fuel in jerry cans is disallowed in all filling stations, while roadside purchase (popularly known as black market) is entirely banned.

“All weekly markets across the state are suspended but normal market activities of buying and selling for local consumptions are exempted from the ban,” the governor stated.

The governor further ordered that the transportation of livestock within the state is henceforth suspended, while transportation of food within and outside the state must be verified to authenticate its destination.

The new rules include the banning of riding on motorcycles and tricycles from 6pm to 6am in the state, except the state capital, which starts by 8pm to 6am every day.

He called on all citizens in the state to observe the rules to avoid unfortunate incidents as security operatives would treat offenders as suspected bandits.

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