Nigeria President orders foreigners to leave mining areas within 48 hours
“All foreigners operating in the mining fields should close and leave within 48 hours,”
President Muhammadu Buhari has given out order to foreigners camping around the mining areas in north-western Zamfara state within 48 hours, blaming them for an upsurge in banditry and kidnappings.
In series of tweets, President Muhammadu Buhari’s wrote :
In the face of intelligence reports that have clearly established a strong and glaring nexus between the activities of armed bandits and illicit miners – with both mutually re-enforcing each other, the Federal Government of Nigeria has directed as follows:
1. Mining activities in Zamfara and other affected States are hereby suspended with immediate effect.
2. Consequently, any mining operator who engages in mining activities in the affected locations henceforth will have his licence revoked.
3. All foreigners operating in the mining fields should close and leave within 48 hours.
SEE TWEETS BELOW :
The Nigeria Police Force @PoliceNG has commenced, in collaboration with the Nigerian Military and other Security Services, “Operation PUFF-ADDER” which is a full-scale security offensive against the bandits.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) April 7, 2019