Following the killing of no fewer than 20 persons in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the deployment of security agents to the state.
Governor Bello Matawalle made the disclosure on Friday while speaking with the State House correspondents shortly after a closed-door meeting with the President.
Mr Matawalle said: “I came to brief Mr President on the current security situation in Zamfara State. After the disbandment of SARS, we had some challenges, particularly [Thursday], about 20 people were killed in a local government.
“So, I am soliciting for Mr President’s intervention and see how we can have more security personnel to secure the state’s territory.
“He [Buhari] directed his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, to take measures to connect with other relevant government agencies that we have discussed with about the issue of security.
“So, the chief of staff will contact the army, police and other security agencies to mobilize more security to the state with immediate effect.”
The governor also revealed that fewer than 30 illegal miners from China, Burkina Faso, and Mali had been repatriated to their respective countries.
Mr Matawalle said: “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.
“Most of the illegal miners are not Nigerians but with the support of army, police and other security agencies in the state, some of them were apprehended and repatriated to their respective countries.”