The Federal Government has ordered the suspension of all mining activities in Zamfara state with immediate effect.
The directive was made known on Sunday by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu at a press conference in Abuja.
The IGP revealed that all foreigners on the mining sites have been asked to vacate their locations.
The IGP said ‘Operation Puff-Adder’ is to enforce the directive.
The directive followed the launch of Operation Puff-Adder to tackle kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities along the Kaduna-Abuja highway and adjoining communities extending to Kogi, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara states.