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Nigeria: Deadline to cease Zamfara mining, expel foreigners expires April 9

Government-imposed deadline to cease mining in and expel foreigners from Zamfara state expires April 9; heightened security presence expected over near term

10 Apr 02:28 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/9/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/16/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Zamfara state

Event

At roughly 16:30 (local time) on Tuesday, April 9, the deadline for the departure of foreigners involved in mining activities from Zamfara state will pass. On Sunday, April 7, the office of President Muhammad Buhari suspended all mining activities in Zamfara state and gave foreigners 48 hours to leave all mining sites. Nigerian officials also extended the ongoing operation combatting kidnapping along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway to Zamfara.

A heightened security presence is to be expected across Zamfara state over the near term. Clashes between armed bandits and security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

Nigerian officials cited an alleged connection between armed bandits and alleged illicit mining activities in Zamfara state. Intercommunal clashes are common in Nigeria, especially between nomadic and settled communities. Notably, from March 30 to March 31, gunmen attacked five villages in the Shinkafi local government areas (Zamfara state), killing at least 28 people.

Advice

Individuals in Nigeria, particularly those in Zamfara state, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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