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:
- 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.