FG bans mining in Zamfara, orders foreigners to vacate area

The Federal Government has ordered that mining activities in Zamfara be stopped following persistent killings in the state.

The government has also launched a special operation to stop bandits in the state, while ordering foreigners in mining sites to vacate the area immediately.

Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu made this known while addressing state house correspondents after a security meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja on Sunday.

Adamu said the licences of individuals and companies that disobey the directive to stop the activities would be revoked.

The directive comes a day after hundreds of protesters marched to Aso Rock to draw attention to the security situation in Zamfara.

Sanusi Rikiji, speaker of the state house assembly, said at least 50 persons,  including members of the civilian joint task force (CJTF) were killed on Tuesday.

Speaking on the matter, President Muhammadu Buhari said, “We are fully determined to tackle this challenge ferociously until these remorseless killers are crushed and utterly defeated. We have deployed security agents to all the areas currently under attack, and we are constantly finetuning and escalating our security strategy.”

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