Federal government has given all foreigners involved in mining activities in Zamfara State 48 hours to leave the sites.
Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said government took the measure because intelligence reports established a strong and glaring nexus between the activities of armed bandits and illicit miners -with both mutually re-enforcing each other.
The IGP said any mining operator who engaged in mining activities in the affected locations henceforth will have his license revoked.
He said the operation is aimed at reclaiming every public space under the control of the bandits to arrest and bring to book all perpetrators of violence in the area and their collaborators. Mohammed appealed for the cooperation of local communities, especially the traditional and religious leaders within such communities.