Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has announced the re-opening of selected markets in the state as an acid test to the relief of stringent measures earlier taken by the state Government.
The selected markets include the Livestock markets in Gummi, Bagega, Danjibga, Kasuwar Daji, Tsafe, Talata-Mafara and Nasarawar Godel.
Governor Matawalle made the announcement during the swearing in of two Commissioners, 10 Special Advisers, 8 Permanent Secretaries and the newly appointed Auditor-General for the State Government.
In a statement issued by media aid to the governor Zailani Baffa, Matawalle said the decision to re-open these markets follows the improvement in the security situation in the state in the last one month and the concern of the state Government to the hardship the total closure has inflicted on the local economy
However, Governor Matawalle warned that nobody is allowed to henceforth, take laws into one’s hands even in an obvious breach, as Government will no longer take it kindly to any person or groups killing people wantonly in market places as was obtained in the past
He also warned that anybody caught breaking this rule will face the appropriate wrath of the law and therefore called on vigilante groups and concerned individuals to follow the rule of law and due process in addressing any issue that might arise in such situations.
Governor Matawalle further called on traditional rulers and other community leaders to ensure that the new measure is monitored and tailored to succeed so that more relaxation of the stringent measures can follow in due course.
The Governor then called on the sworn in officials to contribute their utmost quota in ensuring that peace and tranquility now reigns in the state. As usual, the officials were subjected to swearing with the Holy Quran dissociating themselves from bandits and their activities in the state.
Reporting by Shehu Sani, Editing by Tola Oguneye