President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday March 2, declared Zamfara state a no fly-zone over rising insecurity in the State.
National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) conveyed the President’s directive while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting of National Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting was reports to have been presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.
He (NSA) also disclosed that the President also approved a ban on mining activities in Zamfara over rising insecurity in the state, said all non-state actors had been placed under surveillance.
According to the NSA, the president also directed security officials to apprehend all those causing problems for innocent citizens not only in Zamfara but across the country.
“We can no longer avoid to lose lives while operating within the legalities. We are not going to blackmailed .
The government has the responsibility to assert its will.
“Citizens can reside wherever they want to reside . Anybody who is a criminal should be brought to book. The president has also warned against ethnic profiling. We have have enough of chaos .
“Any individual that thinks he can cause disunity, should have a rethink.”
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.