…As NSCDC seeks traditional rulers’ support to curb illegal mining in Zamfara***
Zamfara Government says it has uncovered two buildings in Kaura-Namoda and Sakajiki, suspected to be used as hideouts by cattle rustlers in the state.
Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, the state’s Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, made this known while speaking with newsmen shortly after inspecting the buildings on Wednesday.
“We are here today in Kaura Namoda and Sakaji to see the houses being used by rustlers as hideouts for stolen cows.
“The house in Kaura-Namoda belongs to one Abdurrahman Isah alias Zabo while the one in Sakajiki belongs to one Abdurrahaman Loko,” he said.
Dauran said that some stolen cows from Zurmi Local Government Area (LGA) of the state had been traced to the two buildings.
The commissioner noted that in spite of efforts by government to tackle security challenges in the state, some bad elements had continued to involve themselves in dirty business.
“We are going to seek permission from the state government to demolish the houses. We have arrested the owner of the house in Kaura Namoda, but the one in Sakajiki is at large.
“We will make sure that he is arrested and handed over to security agencies for investigation and prosecution,” he said.
He, however, cautioned persons acting as informants to criminals to desist from such act, saying that anyone caught would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
In the meantime, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has appealed to traditional rulers in Zamfara to support government’s efforts to curb illegal mining in the state.
The Zamfara NSCDC Commandant, Alhaji Aliyu Garba made the appeal on Wednesday when he paid a courtesy visit to Bakura and Maradun emirs’ palaces.
The surveillance team comprised NSCDC personnel and officials from the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
The two LGAs to sensitise and mop up surveillance to ensure total compliance with the ban imposed by the Federal Government on mining activities in the state.
Garba said traditional rulers as custodian of their subjects have great role to play in enlightening the people on the dangers associated with illegal mining.
“We are here to pay homage to our royal fathers and solicit for their support and cooperation in this assignment”, he said.
He said that part of the mandate of the corps was to provide security to licenced mining companies and monitor activities of artisan miners.
According to him, the exercise would ensure that mining activities were done in line with the rules and regulations guiding its operations.
“We want all artisan miners in the state to acquire the licence from the Federal Government to ensure total compliance with the government’s directives in this regard.
“Zamfara is one of the states in the country blessed with abundant mineral resources, government is working with stakeholders to ensure that the resources are harnessed in line with best practices,” he added.
Also speaking, Mr Abunumah Samuel, the State Mining Officer of the MMSD, said the measure was one of the Federal Government’s policies aimed at economic diversification.
According to him, about 80 per cent of mining activities in Nigeria are carried out by artisan miners which are generally illegal.
He said that the government wants to ensure that all artisan miners acquired licences so that they would pay revenue to government.
The head of Solid Minerals Defenders of the state NSCDC Command, ACC Shehu Abba, said the federal government`s ban order was done for the interest of the people of the state.
Abba urged the artisanal miners in the state to understand the measure in positive way, saying that it was not meant to remove any body from his business but to ensure that it was done lawfully.
In separate remarks, the emirs of Maradun and Bakura, Alhaji Garba Tambari and Alhaji Bello Sani, assured of their support to the government in reviving the mining sector in the country.
Alhaji Garba Tambari noted that Maradun local government area was blessed with large deposit of solid minerals but lamented that government had not been making efforts to harness the resources.
“We are appealing to government to give more emphasis to mining sector to generate more revenue and employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths in the country,” he said.