President Muhammadu Buhari declared Zamfara State a no-fly-zone, following frequent banditry and kidnap of people in the state. The declaration took immediate effect.
Declaring Zamfara a no-fly zone, the President also approved the imposition and enforcement of a ban on all mining activities in the state until further notice, as part of efforts to curb the rising rate of insecurity.
An area declared a no-fly zone is one over which aircraft are forbidden to fly, especially during a conflict.
A no-fly zone is often declared in areas where there is a full military operation, which culminates in area bombardment.
Conventionally, the military declares a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) informing airline operators within and outside the country (over-fliers) to avoid the area to avert collateral damage.
Ordinarily, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, issues such notices in civil aviation operations, but since this is a purely military operation, the military is expected to issue it.
Vanguard will feed you the details of the NOTAM soon.