The Nigerian Army, Saturday ordered the immediate ban on the sale of illicit drugs and other substances at the Mammy Market at the 1 Brigade Barracks in Sokoto.
The ban was sequel to complaints from various quarters about the sale of such substances at the market, with majority of those patronising the illicit drugs being youth, including women.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Umar Shuaib, yesterday.
The statement said the action followed a directive by the Commander, 1 Brigade, Sokoto, Brig- Gen. Ginikawa Nwosu.
The statement said all shops dealing in such substances at the market had also been closed immediately.
“This is in line with his commitment towards ensuring sanity in the market and the entire barracks community.
“The commander is hereby assuring the Sokoto State Government, Sultanate Council and the entire people of the state that no stone will be left unturned in restoring the values and traditions of the Seat of the Caliphate.
“Also, this move is in cognisance of the ethos and values of the Nigerian Army,”the statement concluded.