The Presidency says declaration of a no-fly-zone in Zamfara state is to curtail influx of arms and other criminal logistics into the state.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, also explained that it is meant to put an end to illegal exportation of Nigerian gold from the mines in the state.
Giving a graphic explanation of what declaring a no-fly-zone is, the Presidential spokesman said from the moment it was directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, it had become a rule, a violation of which might attract any form of military action.
According to him, the declaration became necessary following clues the aircrafts that find their ways into the area were not on lawful and humanitarian missions.
Garba noted that they were fuelling the violence and insecurity in the area further by ferrying arms, ammunition, food and other logistics to bandits and other criminal elements as well as evacuating illegally mined gold out of the country.