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National Security Council bans mining activities, declares Zamfara State “no fly zone”

The National Security Council ended its four-hour meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, approving a ban on mining activities in Zamfara State to curb the rising insecurity in the State.

The Council also declared Zamfara State a no fly zone, banning all flights except by the military or other federal government agencies.

National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) told journalists at the end of the meeting that with immediate effect, all non-State actors have been placed under surveillance.

General Monguno warned that the federal government will not hesitate to use kinetic means to restore normalcy in the country.

Mongunu also said that defense and intelligence organizations have been directed to ensure the country does not slide into anarchy.

The NSA also announced that President Buhari, at the meeting, charged the new Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs to reclaim all areas that are currently in control of Boko Haram/Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists, bandits and kidnappers.

According to him, “we are not going to be blackmailed. The government has the responsibility to assert its will. Citizens can reside wherever they want to reside. Anybody who is a criminal should be brought to book.

“The President has also warned against ethnic profiling. We have had enough of chaos. Any individual that thinks he can cause disunity, should have a rethink.”

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