- The Arewa Consultative Forum has commended President Buhari for imposing a no-fly zone on Zamfara
- Audu Ogbeh, ACF's chairman, however, advised the president to extend the directive to other states with similar security challenges
- The states mentioned by the ACF chair include Benue, Taraba, and Borno
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the no-fly zone imposed on Zamfara State to other states affected by banditry.
Daily Trust reports that the chairman of the ACF, Audu Ogbeh, in a statement released on Wednesday, March 3, commended the directive.
Ogbeh said there was a need to replicate similar directive in other states such as Benue, Taraba and Borno where there are also rumours that helicopters regularly drop arms for bandits and insurgents.
Legit.ng gathers that the statement was issued through ACF’s spokesman, Emmanuel Yawe, in Kaduna.
The Nigerian government had imposed a 'No-Fly Zone' in Zamfara as part of efforts to tackle the security challenges in the state.
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, disclosed this on Tuesday, March 2, adding that President Buhari has banned mining activities in Zamfara to stop the rising insecurity.
He said the president has also ordered the ministry of defence to deploy the massive military and intelligence assets to restore normalcy in the state.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Matawalle said he is willing to resign if such action will bring a lasting solution to the high level of insecurity in his state.
Governor Matawalle said he is ready to accept any solution that will bring peace to his state, adding that he is not intimidated by the federal government’s declaration of a ‘No-Fly Zone’ in Zamfara.
In other news, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has also reacted to the federal government's declaration.
The opposition party in a statement on Wednesday, March 3, claimed that the 'No-Fly Zone' policy is a plot by the APC-led federal government to take over Zamfara state which is under the control of the PDP.
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