From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Following illegal migration of suspicious miners from Zamfara state into Kano through border towns in Gwarzo Local Government Area, the Council chairman, Engr. Bashir Abdullahi Kutama, has raised the alarm over impending security threats in the area.
A Statement by the Council’s Zonal Information Officer, Rabiu Khalil, indicated that the Council boss briefed security agencies and stakeholders on the security situation in the area, during a town hall meeting, insisting that urgent steps must be taken to flush out those illegal miners whose ulterior motive could be to destabilize security in the area.
Apart from security issues, the Council boss feared that the illegal miners could also stage economic sabotage if their movements and activities are left unchecked.
The Statement categorically stated that the authorities of Gwarzo Local Government Council lamented influx of Zamfara-based miners into its territory for illegal mining activities.
According to the Statement, “the chairman of the council Engr. Bashir Abdullahi Kutama raised the issues in a town hall meeting with representatives of security agencies, Village Heads and Imams, as well as, transport unions and sections of the public aimed at streamlining modalities to improve and strengthen security of lives and properties in the area.
“Engr. Bashir Abdullahi Kutama who very recently introduced migrants registration in all parts of the Local Government also directed traditional leaders to form security watch committees in all communities in the local government.”
The Statement said the Council boss assured that they are taking adequate security and precautionary measures due to curb the situation, while calling on security agencies to channel their compass towards the area.
The District Head of Gwarzo, Alhaji Shehu Kabiru Bayero (Barde Kerarriya), while supporting the position of the the Council chairman, also appealed to the people to pray for peace and prosperity to reign in Gwarzo Local Government Area, Kano state, and Nigeria at large.