At the end of the state Security Council meeting on Sunday at his private residence in Talata-Mafara, Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar of Zamfara State issued new orders to Security Chiefs in the state to head field operations in the fight against banditry, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
In his statement, Governor Yari also praised the Federal Government for placing a ban on mining activities in his state, stating that there is a sort partnership between the miners and the bandits, and that the ban has chased the bandits out of their hiding places.
“We want to intensify the operations and we concluded that the security will now be closer to their men on the field.
“There will certainly be no room for the bandits. I want to assure Nigerians and the rest of the world that armed banditry and other criminal activities will soon come to an end in Zamfara.
“We will set up camps in all the affected areas so that coordination of the operation can be easier and on target.
“We are going to send the same message to all the other affected states of Kebbi, Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto and Niger, so that we jointly operate on the same frequency in dealing with the criminals,” he said.
“We have realised that there is a partnership between the criminals and the miners, because some of the kidnap victims reported that they were kept near mining sites.
“The State Government has never benefited from any royalties or tax from these miners, so they have not contributed anything towards the development of the state.”