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Over 31 foreigners repatriated over illegal mining in Zamfara ― Matawalle Tells Buhari

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The Governor also said that 20 persons were killed on Wednesday by bandits after the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, a unit of the Nigeria Police Force.

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Muhammad Matawalle on Friday said that over 31 foreign nationals have been repatriated as a result of illegal mining in the state.

Governor Matawalle, who disclosed this to State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, pleaded with the President to order the redeployment of the disbanded SARS to the state.

He said that he was at the State House to brief the President on the security situation in Zamfara and the activities of illegal miners.

According to him, “I came to brief Mr President on the current security situation in the state. After the disbandment of SARS we had some challenges, particularly the day before yesterday (Wednesday), about 20 people were killed in Talata Mafara local government.

“So, I am soliciting for Mr President to intervene and see how we can have more security personnel to secure the state’s territory.

“I also informed him about some illegal mining activities taking place in the state. We have been able to form a committee, a task force on illegal mining so that they can go round the state and fish out those behind the illegal mining activities.

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