Zamfara killings: Bad governance, illegal mining responsible - Dennis Amachree

Zamfara killings: Bad governance, illegal mining responsible - Dennis Amachree

- A former assistant director of Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, said disagreement among cartels responsible for Zamfara killing

- Amachree said the illegal mining of minerals resources in the state has contributed to the lingering crisis

- The DSS boss also lamented that lack of good governance is also responsible for the continued killing

Following the recent crisis, which claimed scores of lives in Zamfara state, Dennis Amachree, a former assistant director of Department of State Services (DSS) said the disagreement among the cartels involved in illegal mining, among others, is responsible for the lingering killing in the state.

Amachree, who was a guest on a television programme on Channels TV, disagreed with a position that the crisis is as a result of inter-communal disagreement and attacks from the cattle rustlers, Vanguard reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the lingering killing, according to the former DSS boss, is as a result of illegal mining of minerals and bad government.

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Reacting to the recent unfortunate development, He said: “The disagreements between the cartels were taking a toll on the state, resulting in the death of innocent people.’’

“Many people don’t know; what we see is fighting, killing, and all the rest. But the undermining issue there is the illegal mining - illegal mining of minerals.

“It think we have a serious problem in Zamfara and I think it’s basically a lack of governance."

Amachree also argued that the money generated from the available mineral resources in the state is more than what oil can generate for the country.

He added that the monetary reward that comes from illegal mining is what led to some of the recent clashes.

He said: "I can tell you, the kind of money that is coming out of the illegal mining is more than what oil is giving us today.”

The ex-security chief also lamented the the security situation in the country. He raised an eyebrow against the porousness of the country's borders, which has made it possible for the movement of illegally mined resources out of the country through Zamfara state.

He lamented: “I have personal experiences where minerals are being carted out of this country without any control."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, had promised to end attacks by bandits in Zamfara state if elected president.

Atiku, in a video message on Facebook on Friday, December 28, assured the people of Zamfara state that if voted as president on February 16, 2019, within a month of his swearing in, he would deploy a combined force of 30,000 policemen and soldiers to the state and eradicate crime.

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