Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has suspended all mining activities in Shiroro, Munya and Rafi local government areas due to security challenges in the three Local Government Areas.
The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, who announced this in a statement, said the suspension would remain until further notice.
Residents in those areas had in recent times said that the mining sites attracted criminals with prospective threats to the security of the state.
“The state government has directed security agencies in the state to profile all mining sites in the affected local governments with a view to ascertaining their genuineness,” the statement read.
The governor assured the people of the state that government would not scale down pressure on the bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements until they were flushed out of the state.
He then urged the people of the state to be security-conscious and report all suspicious characters, movements or objects in their communities to security agents.