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Security: Aliyu urges vigilance, warns against harbouring illegal miners, foreigners,

Mining activities in the Federal Capital Territory will henceforth, be seriously regulated to guard against the infiltration of illegal miners and other criminal elements that can possibly pose a security threat to residents, the FCT Administration has hinted.

The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, who dropped the hint at the 4th security meeting between the office of the Minister of State, Area Council Chairmen and the FCT Council of Graded Chiefs, cautioned graded traditional rulers against harbouring foreigner in the guise of mining activities, as such could lead to security threat within their respective domains.

Aliyu said the Administration is not unmindful of happening in some north-west states, especially Zamfara, where state security may have been compromised allegedly by illegal miners.

The minister while calling on the traditional rulers to report any suspicious foreigner within their domain to security agency for profiling, added that the administration was collaborating with the Ministry of Mines and Steel to put an embargo on mining activities in the nation’s capital.

“I want to use this forum to remind our royal fathers that the seat of the federal government is here, the fabric of Nigeria existence is here. Therefore, I want to passionately appeal that let us not open the territory to foreigners in the guise of mining activities.

“They might offer us the Greek gifts, they will offer to develop our communities. It might look golden to us, they will offer us money in exchange for our freedom and our land. Do not accept such offers, rather report such to the security agencies for immediate action.

“Please let us save our territory, let us save our people, let us save our patrimony, let us save our right to live peaceful and coexist. It is better than silver and gold. I am appealing to our royal fathers to please watch out and report immediately, any of these activities or any foreign body within your domain. We cannot allow what is happening in Zamfara and other states to happen in the seat of government,” Aliyu stated.

Responding on behalf of other graded chiefs, the chairman of FCT Traditional Council of Chiefs and the Ona of Abaji, HRM. Dr. Adamu Yunusa, commended the Minister of State for coming up with this initiative aimed at tackling security challenges in rural communities.

He therefore pledged the commitment of traditional rulers in ensuring that peace reign in rural areas, even as he tasked the Administration to scale up youth employment with a view to reducing crime activities.

Those present at the 4th security meeting include the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, Ag. Secretary Area Council Services Secretariat, Mrs. Omolola Olanipekun, FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Babaji Sunday, 17 graded chiefs, chairman of Gwagwalada, Bwari, Abaji, Kwali and Kuje area councils amongst others.

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