Unrest: FG suspends mining activities in Zamfara

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The Federal Government if Nigeria has suspended mining activities in Zamfara state with immediate effect, citing a link between the ongoing violence in the state and illegal mining.

“In the face of intelligence reports that have clearly established a strong and glaring nexus between the activities of armed bandits and illicit miners, with both mutually re-enforcing each other,” a statement from the presidency announced.

The Federal Government has therefore, ordered the following:

  1. Mining activities in Zamfara and other affected States are hereby suspended with immediate effect.
  2. Consequently, any mining operator who engages in mining activities in the affected locations henceforth will have his licence revoked.
  3. All foreigners operating in the mining fields should close and leave within 48 hours.

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