The Zamfara State Government has ordered all Non-Governmental Organizations, NGOs, to vacate the state over alleged illegal activities.
The order is contained in a statement on Tuesday by the state commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Maman Tsafe.
The commissioner said the order is with immediate effect.
According to him, some organizations are operating illegally and engaging in activities that fuel insecurity in the state.
“It is further noted that the majority of these illegal NGOs have not registered with the state in line with the laid down rules and regulations of government.
“Some of them have also been found to be engaging in activities fueling insecurity in the state and its neighbourhood,
“Henceforth, the government orders all NGOs in the state to pack their belongings and leave the state immediately,” Mr Tsafe said.
The commissioner also ordered all government establishments to disengage from further relationships with any NGO, noting that security agencies have been directed to arrest and prosecute any NGO operating in the state without due clearance.
“Ministries and Departments of government have been ordered to stop any further relationships with any NGO, as punitive measures will be taken against any MDAs found having any relationships with such NGOs.
“Security agencies in the state are by this announcement directed to be vigilante to the NGOs.
“Security agencies are hereby directed to investigate and prosecute any NGOs operating in the state without due clearance from designated authorities.
“Results of such prosecutions are to be forwarded to this Ministry for records please,” Mr Tsafe added.