Zamfara Gov. Issues Shoot-at-Sight Order to Stop Illegal Mining and Banditry
The governor of Zamfara State, Dauda Lawal, issued a ban on illegal mining activities on Saturday and instructed law enforcement to punish offenders severely.According to reports, over the years, illegal mining in the state has tended to support banditry and other criminal activities.The Governor explained the restriction in a statement released by his spokeswoman, Sulaiman Bala Idris, characterizing unlawful mining as “destructive activity” and claiming further that the government “has to implement measures to protect the safety and well-being of the people.”Security personnel have been strictly ordered to take decisive action and shoot anyone discovered indulging in illegal mining, according to the statement.In order to protect and secure Zamfara’s good citizens and prevent prospective criminals, the instruction has become necessary.
Additionally, it is intended to provide the government complete control over public resources and to stop actions that put people’s lives and property at risk.Undoubtedly, one of the main causes of the widespread banditry afflicting Zamfara State is illegal mining.”We must act quickly and forcefully to stop this threat and bring peace and security back to our neighborhoods.”
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