Governor Dauda Lawal Dare
The Governor of Zamfara State, Dauda Lawal, has issued a ban on illegal mining activities to address banditry in the state.
The Governor, on Saturday, issued a directive to law enforcement agencies in the state to ensure strict compliance with the order.
This was contained in a statement by the spokesperson to the governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, on Saturday evening.
According to Idris, the governor emphasized that it was time to implement measures to safeguard the people of the state.
He explained that the governor has directed security operatives to shoot at sight anyone found engaging in Illegal mining activities in the state.
Illegal mining has over the years, increased the spate of banditry and other criminal activities in the state.
“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," Governor Lawal said.