Drug dealers yesterday returned to Sabon Gari market a week after the state government shut down the market.
A visit to the market by our reporter showed that the dealers and their customers were going about their normal business. One of the dealers who simply identified himself as Mohammed said, “I have opened my shop since there is no court order and I don’t have another source of income and I have family to take care of.”
Another dealer said closure of the market is not the best way of tackling drug abuse, saying “The government should have allocated us a place where they can easily monitor us. To me, the closure will even make it easier for those selling substandard and fake drugs to have their way since their partners already have their contacts.”
A customer who spoke to Daily Trust said the closure of the market would make drugs scarce and unaffordable to the poor, saying there are no enough pharmaceutical stores to cater for the demand of the huge Kano population.
Efforts to speak to the state chairman of the National Association Patent and Proprietary Medicine Alhaji Hussain Labaran Zakari were unsuccessful as his phone line could not be reached.