Mining activities in Zamfara State have been scuttled by armed bandits who killed one of the police officers guarding a mining site before abducting four other persons.  

The incident occurred on Wednesday at a mining site in Sunke village, Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara. The bandits engaged the police in a gun battle, overpowered them and took some away. 

Eyewitnesses said the police were disarmed before one of them was killed. 

One of the eyewitnesses to the attack, Salisu Lawali, said the gunmen abducted the policemen to an unknown destination and released them the following day without their guns.

“I don’t think there was any negotiation, because the abducted policemen just returned to the site unhurt, the only thing missing were their guns which they said were in the custody of their abductors,” Lawali said.

Confirming the incident, the Chairman of Anka Local Government Area, Mustapha Gado, said the policemen were deployed to man the site.

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The abductees were released after some hours, he stated.

“The Divisional Police officer of the local government told me that the officers were released but their rifles were still in the custody of the  bandits.

“We have earlier ordered for the closure of all the goldmines, but the foreign expatriates can still be found because their machineries are stationed at the sites.

“We consulted the relevant authorities on the need to close down the sites and we got approval, we served them with quit notice but those operating the sites sourced for security operatives to man the sites for them,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Police Command in the state has not confirmed the incident.  

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