- Governor Lawal has emphasized the need to end the destructive activity and implement measures to protect the safety and well-being of the people.
- Lawal stated that security operatives were given strict orders to swiftly execute and shoot anyone found involved in illegal mining.
On Saturday, Zamfara State Governor Dauda Lawal banned all unlawful mining operations and urged law enforcement to punish offenders severely.
Banditry and other criminal activities in Zamfara State have been fueled throughout time by illegal mining.
In a statement released by his spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, Governor Lawal emphasised that it is time to put an end to this destructive activity and put policies in place to safeguard the security and welfare of the populace.
He stressed that security operatives had been given strict orders to take bold action and shoot on sight anyone found engaging in illegal mining.
He said: “The directive is necessary to ensure the safety and security of the good people of Zamfara and deter potential wrongdoers from committing such acts.
“It is also a swift action to enable the State Government to be in total control of state resources and block activities that endanger the lives and properties of the people.
“Illegal mining is undeniably one of the driving forces behind the rampant banditry plaguing Zamfara State. We must take swift, decisive action to curb this menace and restore peace and security to our communities.