President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Munguno to provide a clear pathway to the end of banditry in Zamfara state.
Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu said this in a statement on Thursday. Buhari was quoted to have asked that special attention is paid to banditry in the state.
“In a directive to the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), the President ordered that there must be a clear pathway to ending the resurgent banditry that has continued to cost lives and the displacement of thousands of families from their towns and villages,” the statement read.
“Recall that recently, the Speaker of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, Hon. Nasir Magarya, wrote a letter in which he appealed to President Buhari to intervene and stop the incessant killings by bandits in the State.
“In this respect, a meeting is soon to take place that will deliberate on security and the issue of illegal mining which is fueling the crisis in Zamfara State.
“In addition to NSA the convener, the meeting will be attended by Major-General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), Ogbeni Ra’uf Aregbesola and Architect Olamilekan Adegbite, Ministers of Defence, Interior, and Mines and Steel respectively.
“Also to attend the meeting are the Directors-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, and the National Intelligence Agency, NIA.”
According to Shehu, the scale of lawlessness has been aggravated by the activities of illegal miners with as much 20,000 of them operating in a harmful and destructive manner.