Zamfara Police Arrests Illegal Miners
By Tahir Gusau
Zamfara state police command has arrested 250 illegal miners,including a foreigner and recovered 12 pumping machines,29 motorcycles, Chemicals for making gold with Unrefined Gold sifting materials in the state.
Briefing newsmen today at the command headquarters in Gusau,the
Zamfara State commissioner of police Usman Nagoggo said Government felt that there was a Nexus between the criminality in Zamfara and mining activities.
“It is known fact that the Federal Government had last year at the heat of Banditary,Cattle Rustling and Kidnapping banned all forms of mining activities in Zamfara State”.
Nagoggo explained that,Intelligence report at the disposal of the Police and other leading security agents in the State revealed that some unpatriotic Nigerians in concert with foreigners very much engaged in illegal mining activities in the state.
“On 20th April, 2020, the Commissioner of Police led a team of Policemen to one of the major mining sites at Kwalli in Bukkuyum LGA.The result was that some Chinese Nationals and their Nigerian Collaborators were arrested and have since handed over to Force CID, Force Headquarters Abuja”.
He maintained that the Magnitude of arrest led both the Inspector General of Police and Chief of Army staff to give a matching order to Security agents to go after these illegal miners.
“On 21st May, 2020 the Brigade Commander 1 Brigade Nigeria Army, Gusau Brigadier General O. M Bello led a team compromising of Army, Police and DSS to raid the mining sites in Anka, Bukkuyum and Gummi LGAs which led to the arrest of two hundred and fifty (250) Nigerians and One(1) Burkinabe national”.
The police commissioner revealed that exhibits recovered includes among others Twelve (12) Pumping machines,Twenty Nine (29) Motorcycles,Chemicals for making gold and Unrefined Gold sifting materials.
According to him all the Suspects have confessed to the offence and would be arraigned before the court of competent jurisdiction whenever the court resumes sitting.
“Let me sound a word of warning that untill and unless the Federal Government unbanned the mining activities,anybody who goes against the norms will be arrested and severely dealt with according to the law of the land”.
He further disclosed that raiding of illegal miners will be continued until all illegal mining activities were stop in the state.