The Nigerian government has approved the declaration of Zamfara State a “no fly zone,” National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.) told reporters on Tuesday at the end of a meeting of the National Security Council held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari gave the nod as part of efforts to tackle the security challenges being witnessed in Zamfara.
Buhari also approved the recommendation that mining activities in the state should stop immediately, he added.
According to him, Buhari has directed security officials to clamp down on all those behind the security challenges being witnessed in the state and across the country.
He revealed that some people are already under surveillance.
Monguno said, “The President has approved, based on our recommendations, the imposition and enforcement of a ban on all mining activities in Zamfara with immediate effect until further notice.
“He has directed the Minister of Defence and the National Security Adviser to deploy massive military and intelligence assets to restore normalcy to that part of the country.
“He has also approved that Zamfara State should be declared ‘a no fly zone” with immediate effect.”