President Muhammadu Buhari has declared Zamfara State a no-fly zone and banned all mining activities, due to the rising activities of bandits in the state.
National Security Adviser, Maj Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd) disclosed this to State House correspondents on Tuesday after a five hour security council meeting presided over by President Buhari at the presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, the service chiefs had been mandated to go after all non-state actors, whose activities had been fueling chaos, for prosecution.
The Nation reported Monguno as saying that the president had charged the new service chiefs to reclaim all areas under the control of bandits, insurgents and kidnappers and all others involved in criminal activities across the country.
He said the government would not accept blackmail from anyone, stressing that government had the responsibility to assert its will.
“We are not going to be blackmailed. The government has the responsibility to assert its will,” Monguno said.
“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 enough of chaos.
“Any individual that thinks he can cause disunity should have a rethink.”