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Nigeria orders foreigners to leave mining areas Nigeria orders foreigners to leave mining areas

Nigeria’s government has ordered foreign nationals to leave mining sites in north-western Zamfara state within 48 hours, blaming them for an upsurge in banditry and kidnappings.

It also announced a suspension of mining activities in Zamfara and other affected states with immediate effect, warning that mining operators who defied the order would have their licences revoked.

In a series of tweets, President Muhammadu Buhari’s office said intelligence reports had “clearly established a strong and glaring nexus between the activities of armed bandits and illicit miners” in Zamfara.

“All foreigners operating in the mining fields should close and leave within 48 hours,” it added.

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