The Director-General, Sokoto Central Market, Alhaji Abdullahi Bafarawa, has said that some measures have been put in place at the Sokoto Central Market to tackle burglaries and other criminal activities at the market.
He was speaking against the backdrop of the arrest of eight burglars and pickpockets by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC). The burglars were said to specialize in breaking into shops when the market closed.
Bafarawa, who noted that insecurity had been a major challenge to the traders, disclosed some of the initiatives to include introduction of alarm system at the market and adjustment in the timing schedules of the market. He explained that warning devices had been placed at strategic points to protect the market from criminals.
The DG added that security agents had been deployed to guard uncompleted structures to curb their use as hideouts by hoodlums and miscreants.
NSCDC spokesman in Sokoto, Hamza Adamu-Illela, confirmed that the command received various complaints on activities of hoodlums during and after market hours.