President Muhammadu Buhari ordered an urgent response to increasing cases of bandit attacks on communities in the state of Zamfara.
In the National Security Adviser’s Instruction, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), the President directed that there should be a definite route to the end of the resurgent banditry that has continued to cost the lives and displacement of thousands of families from their towns and villages.
Recall that recently, the Speaker of the Zamfar State Assembly, Hon. Nasir Magarya wrote a letter in which he appealed to President Buhari to interfere and avoid the incessant killing of gangsters in the province.
A statement released by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President of the media, stated that there would soon be a meeting to discuss security and the issue of illicit mining fuelling the crisis in the State of Zamfara.
“In addition to NSA the convener, the meeting will be attended by Major-General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), Ogbeni Ra’uf Aregbesola and Architect Olamilekan Adegbite, Ministers of Defence, Interior, and Mines and Steel respectively.
“Also to attend the meeting are the Directors-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, and the National Intelligence Agency, NIA,” the statement said.
Beyond the concerns of robbers and cattle ranchers, the extent of lawlessness has been compounded by illicit miners who are harvesting minerals they have no lawful right to exploit.
Official figures indicate that more than 20,000 such miners are damaging this vital part of the economy, working in a way that is particularly dangerous and disruptive. The consequence of this is anarchy.
“This meeting is expected to address these and associated issues of corruption, government oversight and lawlessness,” the statement added.