Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister of State, has warned graded traditional rulers in the Federal Capital Territory against harbouring foreigners under the cover of mining activities, as this could pose a security danger to their domains.
At the fourth security meeting between the office of the Minister of State, Area Council Chairmen, and the FCT Council of Graded Chiefs, the minister further urged traditional rulers to report any suspicious foreigner within their realm to security agencies for profiling.
Aliyu warned that the Federal Capital Territory, as the country’s seat of government, would continue to defend against illegal miners infiltrating the territory and posing security threats to people, as seen in Zamfara and other afflicted states in the country’s North-West.
She took advantage of the opportunity to declare that the Administration was working with the Ministry of Mines and Steel to impose a mining moratorium in the nation’s capital.
She said: “I want to use this forum to remind our royal fathers that the seat of the Federal Government is here; the fabric of Nigeria’s existence is here. Therefore, I want to passionately appeal that we should not open the territory to foreigners in the guise of mining activities.
“They might offer us Greek gifts 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 peacefully and coexist. It is better than silver and gold. I am appealing to our royal fathers to 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.
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