The availability of small arms in large quantities in Zamfara State is partly as a result of the exchange of arms for gold, Governor Bello Matawalle said on Tuesday.
According to him, this action by foreigners dealing in illegal gold mining has escalated the proliferation of arms and ammunition in the state.
Bandits’ activities are prevalent in Zamfara and other states in the Northwest.
The governor spoke after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at his residence at the State House, Abuja on Monday.
Matawalle said he visited the President to seek his advice and help to tackle the menace of illegal gold mining and insecurity in the state.
The governor said, “foreign gold poachers” enter the state “to buy gold and other precious stones and sometimes, instead of paying people (with money), they pay back with arms. I did some investigations.”And i have my facts correct.