The Niger State Government has ordered the immediate suspension of all mining activities in some parts of the State.
A statement issued by Secretary to the State Government Ahmed Matane, said the measure to suspend mining activities underscores the breakdown of security and environmental degradation in the areas.
Matane said that Government has to be decisive as the environmental degradation and insecurity caused by the activities of Miners in the areas has reached an alarming stage, which requires urgent attention to bring back sanity in the affected Local Governments.
“Government will not scale-down the pressure on the armed bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers as well as illegal miners until they are totally flushed-out of the State,” he said.
The Secretary to the Niger State government emphasised on the government’s efforts in protecting the sanctity of life and property of the people.
He appealed for the cooperation of the Nigerian Miners Association and other stakeholders within the affected areas to cooperate with the security agencies with a view to ridding the State of criminal elements.
Parts of the identified areas seriously affected by illegal mining activities includes, Gurmana, Anguwan Kampani, M.I. Wushishi Housing Estate, College of Education, Army Barracks and Lapan-Gwari.
The suspension of mining activities in the areas mentioned, according to the spokesperson of the SSG, Lawal Tanko, followed report that clearly established a strong and glaring nexus between the activities of bandits, prostitution, gangsterism and illegal Miners with both mutually re-enforcing each other.