Police arrest 30 illegal miners in Niger

The Commissioner for Mineral Resources, Garba Sabo, on Monday, announced that thirty persons have been arrested for illegal mining in Niger State.

He also said the ministry has profiled 229 mining companies for assessment to determine which would be approved or disapproved.

Sabo, who addressed reporters on Monday, said the arrests were made during a recent visit to some illegal mining sites. He lamented that more people could not be arrested because the miners run upon seeing officers

The commissioner, who reiterated that the ban on illegal mining stands, said: “It is unfair to call us incompetent when you have not seen the work we have done. We go into these mining sites and, sometimes, despite being with security men, we are usually attacked. We are doing our best to stop thid menace and to protect the sites.”

The commissioner hinted that the ministry is trying to introduce biometrics to get complete details of all miners in the state to prevent monopoly of the business by a few companies.


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