The Kaduna state government has suspended all weekly markets in Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Giwa, Chikun and Kajuru local government areas of the state with immediate effect.
It cites increased insecurity in the areas as reason behind its move.
The government has also placed a ban on the sale of premium motor spirit popularly called petrol in jerrycans in and around petrol stations in the five local government areas listed.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan in a press release on Monday noted that the decision was taken after a thorough review of the security situation and recommendations put forward by security agencies in the state.
Security personnel in the state have also been directed to ensure strict compliance with these directives.
Citizens have also been tasked to cooperate with the government as necessary steps are being taken against banditry and criminality across the state.
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