11 Chinese, Other Foreigners, Deported for Illegal Mining – Matawalle
AREWA AGENDA – Zamfara State Governor Muhammad Bello Matawalle disclosed that more than 30 illegal miners, including 11 Chinese, who had been involved in illegal gold mining in Zamfara State, have been deported from Nigeria.
Matawalle, who revealed this to State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday, also said Zamfara is in need of more security operatives.
The governor said, he visited the President to brief him on security developments in Zamfara State, added that the porous nature of borders around the state made it possible for all sorts of elements to gain access to the mines with the state, noting that most of the illegal miners in the state are foreigners.
He, however, noted that the President had given needed instructions to the appropriate quarters where security reinforcement would be effected, emphasising the Zamfara would be willing to receive as much more of security presence as it could get from the federal government.
He said the recent disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) made the situation a bit more difficult in recent times, citing the killing of about 20 persons in Talata Mafara council area on Thursday as part of the side effect of the disbandment for his state.
While Speaking on the menace of illegal mining by foreigners in the state, he said “as you are aware, most of these illegal miners are not Nigerians, but with the support of the army, police and other security agencies in the state, some of them were apprehended and repatriated to their respective countries.
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