The Federal Government yesterday ordered foreign miners in Zamfara State to leave within 48 hours. It also announced the suspension of mining activities in the state to curb the activities of armed bandits.
The move followed an attack that killed about 50 persons in the state at the weekend.
Briefing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Acting Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu warned that foreign miners who violate the order would have their licences withdrawn.
Authorities have said that the move is part of the government’s attempts at bringing peace to Zamfara State. It is reported that the violence and killings have been fuelled by the mining of gold and lead.