- The federal government on Sunday, April 7, took a firm stand in relation to the violence and killings in Zamfara state
- The government has banned mining activities in the state in its effort to restore peace and calm
- The decision was announced in Abuja by the Inspector General of the Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu
The federal government, through the Inspector General of the Police, Mohammed Adamu on Sunday, April 7, made public its decision to place a ban on mining in Zamfara.
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According to a statement by Adamu, this is part of the federal government's effort to bring back peace to the state troubled by violence that has claimed the lives of many persons, especially in 2018.
It has been gathered that the violence and killings in the state have been fuelled by the mining of gold and lead.
In his statement Adamu revealed that the federal government's resolve was informed by reports that there was a link between the bandits and illegal miners, adding that “all foreigners within mining sites are to leave immediately.”
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The IGP further disclosed that the sites will be taken over by a special task force made up of some security agencies.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, April 6, reassured Nigerians that ending banditry in Zamfara and other states remains a key priority of his administration.
He also promised to whatever it takes to ensure the country's security system confronts the bandits he described as public enemies with merciless determination.
A statement by Femi Adesina, his spokesperson, said the president’s reaction followed the recent spike in reported incidents of banditry and kidnappings in some parts of the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the director of strategic communications of the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s presidential campaign council, Festus Keyamo, on Tuesday, February 12, replied the PDP's allegation that President Muhammadu Buhari called for violence in Zamfara during his campaign in the state.
In a statement made available to Legit.ng, Keyamo said that President Buhari's comment was taken out of context by Atiku Abubakar's campaign team.
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