Nigeria orders foreigners to leave mining areas

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By Lorlornyofm April 8, 2019 17:27

Nigeria orders foreigners to leave mining areas

Nigeria’s government has ordered foreign nationals to leave mining sites in north-western Zamfara state within 48 hours, blaming them for an upsurge in banditry and kidnappings.

It also announced a suspension of mining activities in Zamfara and other affected states with immediate effect, warning that mining operators who defied the order would have their licences revoked.

In a series of tweets, President Muhammadu Buhari’s office said intelligence reports had “clearly established a strong and glaring nexus between the activities of armed bandits and illicit miners” in Zamfara.

“All foreigners operating in the mining fields should close and leave within 48 hours,” it added.

Presidency Nigeria@NGRPresident

ANNOUNCEMENT: 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, the Federal Government of Nigeria has directed as follows:1,4384:32 PM – Apr 7, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,189 people are talking about this

Presidency Nigeria@NGRPresident

ANNOUNCEMENT: 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, the Federal Government of Nigeria has directed as follows:1,4384:32 PM – Apr 7, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,189 people are talking about this

Some residents of Zamfara protested in the capital, Abuja, on Saturday to urge Mr Buhari to take decisive action to end criminality in the state.

Mr Buhari denied that he was ignoring the violence.

“How can I be happy and indifferent to the senseless killings of my fellow citizens by bandits?” he said.

Dozens of people have been killed in Zamfara this year. 

The police and military have launched Operation Puff Adder to end the banditry, the president’s office said in a tweet.

Presidency Nigeria@NGRPresident · Apr 7, 2019Replying to @NGRPresident

1. Mining activities in Zamfara and other affected States are hereby suspended with immediate effect.

Presidency Nigeria@NGRPresident

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.3914:34 PM – Apr 7, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy336 people are talking about this

Zamfara has significant deposits of gold, with artisanal miners smuggling it to neighbouring Niger and Togo, Reuters news agency reports.


Source: BBC

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