The Emir of Anka, Attahiru Ahmad, has said that more than 100 miners in Anka and Maru Local Government Areas of Zamfara State have been abducted by bandits.
The Chairman of Zamfara Council of Chiefs disclosed that bandits also killed 10 persons during an invasion of a mining site.
He said the incident was overshadowed by the abduction of Jangebe schoolgirls.
The monarch added that miners have greatly contributed to the state’s economic growth.
The traditional ruler expressed surprise about the declaration of ‘no fly zone’. The presidency had cited arms supply and illegal mining as the reasons.
“The state does not even have an airport. We know there are states with more security challenges than Zamfara.
“We expected that if such an order would be issued, it should also cover such states”, Ahmad complained.
The federal government has approved the deployment of additional 6,000 soldiers to Zamfara.