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El-Rufai suspends weekly markets, sale of petrol in jerrycans

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The Kaduna government, led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, has suspended all weekly markets in the state’s five local government areas.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement on Monday, August 30, 2021, said the suspension affects Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Giwa, Chikun, and Kajuru with immediate effect.

The Kaduna government also banned the selling of petrol in jerrycans within and outside premises of petrol stations in the affected LGAs.

El-Rufai suspends weekly markets, sale of petrol in jerrycans

El-Rufai suspends weekly markets, sale of petrol in jerrycans

Aruwan said the decisions were made after a thorough review of the security situation, and recommendations put forward by the security agencies.

“Security personnel have been directed to ensure compliance with these directives.

“Citizens are enjoined to cooperate with the government as necessary steps are taken against banditry and criminality across the state,” the commissioner said.



Kaduna is one of the worst affected by banditry and bloodshed in the northern region.

Bandits, mostly armed gangs terrorizing mostly rural communities, killed a total of 937 people and kidnapped 1,972 others in the state last year.

At least 545 people were killed, and 1,723 kidnapped between January and June 2021.

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