- The government of Zamfara state has commended the federal government for banning mining activities in the state
- The governor of the state after a meeting with security chiefs described it as good for the people of the state
- Abdulaziz Yari appealed to communities in the state to cooperate with security agencies
The Zamfara state government has commended the federal government for banning mining activities in the state to help in tackling insecurity facing the state.
Governor Abdul’aziz Yari gave the commendation on Sunday, April 14, in Talata-Mafara after a meeting with security chiefs in the state.
Yari said that the state government welcomed the policy by the federal government, describing it as good for the people of the state.
“Zamfara as host of these miners have not been benefiting from them and mining activities must be suspected because most of them are doing activities close to bandits’ camps and nothing is affecting them.
“Therefore miners must be suspected because of these reasons. So we welcome this decision and we are going to support it,‘’ he said.
Yari appealed to communities in the state to cooperate with security agencies.
According to him, the state government is doing its best to ensure their success.
He commended the federal government for deploying security agencies to the state and “we hope it will end banditry in this state’’.
“We have started seeing positive results due to measures put in place and we hope these will be sustained,’’ the governor said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was attended by the security chiefs in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that 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.
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.
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