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Kogi Govt Arrests 10 Illegal Miners, Impounds Over 50 Coal Laden Trucks

The Commissioner warned all illegal mining companies and individuals to stop forthwith.


The scene of the illegal miners.

 

Kogi state government has arrested 10 miners operating illegally in the Ankpa Local Government Area of the state.

The State Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Natural Resources, Bashiru Gegu disclosed this on Monday.

Gegu, who noted that operation to stop illegal mining in Kogi State is on course, said the government has confiscated over 50 trucks carrying coal illegally with the support of the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Department of State Services (DSS), and local vigilantes.

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“We must implement the Federal Government policy and help in revenue generation. Over the years we have asked miners in the State approved by the Federal Government to register with the Ministry of Solid Minerals and Natural Resources. This has, however, fallen on deaf ears with people brazenly destroying our communities. Illegal mining is prohibited in Kogi State.”

The Commissioner warned all illegal mining companies and individuals to stop immediately as the long hands of the law are set to catch up with them, saying that anyone found wanting would be prosecuted.

Also speaking, the Director General Kogi State Special Task Force on Illegal Smuggling of Firearms and Other Related Crimes, Elder Friday Sani Makama, said it will no longer be business as usual, adding that the present administration will leave no stone unturned in arresting and prosecuting any individual caught engaging in illegal mining in Kogi State.

“Some set of individuals are milking the State of its natural resources. That is why Governor Yahaya Bello who wants the best for the people of Kogi state said it was time to stop illegal mining in Kogi.

“Our operation here is very simple. All miners in Kogi State must operate within the ambit of the law. And I here must ensure the enforcement of the directive given by Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state,” he said.