Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has announced the ban of mining activities in Zamfara, following the protest against killings in the state.
The development comes 24 hours after some protesters marched to Aso Rock to draw attention to the security situation in Zamfara.
Many have been killed, with property worth millions of naira destroyed in attacks by armed men.
According to the acting IGP, foreigners and individuals must stop mining forthwith or risk losing their licences.
Adamu disclosed this to journalists in Abuja on Sunday after a security meeting at the Presidential Villa, saying a special operation would also be launched against banditry in the state.
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