Insecurity: Buhari Declares Zamfara ‘No Fly-Zone’, Bans Mining Activities
President Muhammadu Buhari has on Tuesday declared Zamfara a ‘no-fly zone’, following the recent abduction of schoolgirls in the state.
The president also approved a ban on mining activities by non-state actors, saying they are steps to curb the rising insecurity in the state.
National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Major General Babagana Monguno, disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting of National Security Council at Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Buhari presided over the meeting attended by security chiefs at the presidential villa, Abuja.
The NSA, who also revealed that all non state actors had been placed under surveillance, said the federal government would not hesitate to use kinetic means to restore normalcy in the country .
He expressed that defense and intelligence organisations had been charged not to allow the country slide into anarchy.
Monguno added that the President charged the new service chiefs to reclaim all areas under the control of bandits, insurgents and kidnappers.
We can no longer avoid to lose lives while operating within the legalities. We are not going to 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 NSA added that the federal government will not hesitate to use kinetic means to restore normalcy in the country.
He said defense and intelligence organisations have been mandated to ensure the country does not slide into anarchy.
According to Monguno, the president also directed service chiefs to reclaim all areas in control of bandits, insurgents and kidnappers.
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.
About 279 schoolgirls were kidnapped after gunmen invaded Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe, Talatu-Mafara LGA of the state, last Friday.
The Jangebe abduction took place a few days after 27 schoolboys and 15 other persons were kidnapped from Government Science College, Kagara, Niger state.
Captives from both incidents have regained freedom.