The Federal Government has ordered all foreigners to vacate mining sites in Zamfara and suspension of all mining activities.
The directive was made known by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu known at a press conference in Abuja today April 7th.
The IGP further stated that all foreigners on the mining sites have been asked to vacate their locations within 48 hours.
The IGP said the suspension of the mining activities followed “intelligence report that has clearly established a strong and glaring nexus between the activities of armed bandits and illicit miners -with both mutually re-enforcing each other.’’
”Mining activities in Zamfara and other affected states are hereby suspended with immediate effect. Consequently, any mining operator who engages in mining activities in the affected locations henceforth will have his licence revoked. All foreigners operating in the mining fields should close and leave within 48 hours.”
The directive comes after the launch of Operation Puff-Adder to tackle kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities along the Kaduna-Abuja highway and adjoining communities extending to Kogi, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara states.
Zamfara state has been in the news since the begin of the year for reported acts of killings and kidnappings recorded in the state.