National President, Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN), Kabir Kankara has said that miners have no link with bandits.
Reacting to the recent Federal Government ban on mining activities in Zamfara State, he told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday that tackling insecurity in Zamfara State was a welcome development.
Acccording to him, the measures taken was for the safety of lives and property.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government on Tuesday, banned all activities in Zamfara State, and also declared the State a “no-fly zone” due to the upsurge in banditry.
But, Kankara said, “To the best of my knowledge, our members have no connection with bandits. We are in line with any measure proffered by the Federal Government to forestall insecurity in Zamfara.
” Yes, our mining activities occur in the bush but we do not have links with bandits, we are just victims of circumstance,” he said.
Also, Mr Dele Ayanleke, National Secretary of MAN, says he is in support of any measures taken by the Federal Government to forestall insecurity in the country.
Ayanleke called on the government to take steps to ensure that artisan miners do not step into sites belonging to mining title holders during the period of the ban