The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba has explained by the President declared Zamfara Sate s a no-fly-zone, saying that jets are used to ferry arms to bandits in the state and some others in the North West.
Buhari had on Tuesday, after the meeting of the National Security Council, the state as “no-fly-zone,” adding that only military aircraft and some selected ones can fly in the state.
Buhari also stopped all forms of mining in the state to curb the lingering insecurity in the area.
In addition to the reasons earlier adduced, Garba Shehu told Daily Trust that the decision was taken to curb arms proliferation in the area.
“Even in Zamfara, there is a strong suspicion that some of those choppers are being used to ferry arms for bandits and also to evacuate gold and illegally smuggle them out of the country, so the country loses everything in the mining.
“As you are aware, Nigerian gold market is a big business and the government wants to do two things at the same time by doing this; end banditry and economic sabotage through the smuggling of gold.”
Shehu also said that a big market in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is called ‘Nigerian Gold Market’.