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Niger Govt arrests over 30 illegal miners

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The Niger State Ministry for Minerals Sources has disclosed the arrest of over 30 unlawful miners at varied places, regardless of the ban on unlawful mining within the state.

It additionally debunked the alleged killing of 1 individual at an unlawful mining website in Minna throughout a conflict between restive youth teams final Friday.

The state Commissioner for Minerals Sources, Garba Yahaya Sabo, mentioned the arrests have been made out of January so far throughout varied mining websites within the state.

He defined that the Ministry has been given the mandate to guard, arrest and cease all unlawful mining actions by miners, including that these interested by mining should register with the state authorities in order to create employment in addition to enhance income era.

Sabo, who lamented the dearth of sufficient manpower to assist monitor actions of the unlawful miners at mining websites, nevertheless, mentioned desk officers will probably be stationed to keep watch over mining places throughout the 25 LGAs in an effort to hold the Ministry abreast with each growth within the sector.

“Many of those unlawful miners are criminals and their actions can pose severe safety menace to the individuals of the state.

“At any time when, we chase them out of the mining websites in the course of the day, these unlawful miners often collect once more in the course of the evening underneath the pretense of mining gold and through such intervals, launch out to commit varied crimes within the state,” he revealed.

The commissioner additionally denied studies {that a} youth was killed at Maitumbi unlawful mining website alongside Julius Berger Quarry website.

In keeping with him, “The incident didn’t really occur on the unlawful mining website, however reverse the location at evening. No person was killed in the course of the youth conflict on Friday there.

“The report in its entirety is pretend, malicious and has no hyperlink to mining exercise. It was designed to simply tarnish the picture of the Ministry.”

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