The Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has expressed support for calls for a state of emergency to be declared in his state over incessant killings.

At least 17 persons were killed on December 22, in two communities - Birnin Magaji community in Tsafe Local Government Area and Magami community in Faru District of Maradun Local Government Area.

Governor Yari addressed reporters in the capital of the state, Gusau, on Thursday, saying he would do anything within his power to bring an end to the killings.

“I am also in support of the declaration of state of emergency if it will save the lives of people of the state,” he said.

Governor Yari's comments are coming days after the former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, accused the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of plotting to declare a state of emergency in Zamfara State to scuttle election in the state.  

The Zamfara Governor, however, said some persons were politicising the security situation in the state.

Very little has been said about what exactly is happening in Zamfara State.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Thursday also expressed worries over the killings and asked for proper profiling of the situation, reminding President Buhari of the criticisms against former President Goodluck Jonathan when the security situation in the northeast heightened.  

Opening up a different angle to the killings, a former Assistant Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Dennis Amachree, linked them to illegal mining of mineral resources happening in the state. 

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Giving his opinion on the issue on Channels Television, Mr Amachree said the 'rate of illegal mining in the state had resulted in the emergence of cartels in the area'.

According to him, the disagreements between the cartels were taking a toll on the state, resulting in the death of innocent people.    

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