– Foreigners are exchanging arms for gold and other precious mineral resources in Zamfara state
– This was disclosed by the state governor, Bello Matawalle who spoke to State House correspondents on Tuesday, August 25
– The governor said his government plans to stop criminal acts being championed by illegal miners in the state
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Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara on Tuesday, August 25 revealed that foreigners are exchanging arms for gold and other precious mineral resources in his state.
The governor made the revelation while answering questions from State House correspondents after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari.
Governor Matawalle had presented some gold bars and other precious stones mined in Zamfara to the president during his visit.
“Some people outside the country come in to buy gold and other precious stones and sometimes instead of paying people, they pay back with arms. I did some investigations. So, the state government will be buying some of these minerals so that we can block that chain.
“So, now the state government is engaging the miners. We’ll be buying some of this gold from them with the limited resources we have,” he said.
He also said his administration decided to embrace the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative to stop the criminal act being championed by illegal miners in the state.
Illegal mining has been going on for decades in Zamfara state for over a decade with governments at all levels conveniently looking away
In the state, a huge number of Chinese miners have relocated to the state and helping to fuel the conflicts arising from the illegal activities of miners.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, on Friday, August 21, reiterated his earlier suggestion that Nigerians should be allowed to carry AK-47 rifles due to the security challenges faced in most parts of the country.
The governor repeated his stance while addressing journalists in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
He insisted that Nigerians need to be licenced to bear AK-47 rifles for self-protection and defence, in view of the general insecurity in the country.
In a related development, as part of measures to improve the security situation in the country, President Buhari has approved the sum of N13.3 billion for the commencement of community policing across the country.
Laolu Akande, a spokesperson of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, August 20, disclosed that the government was already implementing measures to ensure the funds are utilized effectively.
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