Kogi Govt Clamps Down on Illegal Miners, Impounds Truckloads of Coal 

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The Kogi State Government has begun a clampdown on illegal miners operating in the state.

The Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Natural Resources, Engr. Bashiru Gegu began the enforcement of state government directives to stop illegal mining taking place in the state.

Already, the state government has impounded trucks loaded with coal mined illegally at Ankpa LGA.

Engr. Abubakar Bashir Muhammed, supported by officers from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, State Security Devices, Nigeria Police, the Taskforce on Illegal Possession of Light Arms, and Kogi State Vigilance Service, said the purpose was to ensure sanity in the state.

“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. This has, however, fallen on deaf ears, with people brazenly destroying our communities.”

The Commissioner warned all illegal mining companies and individuals to stop forthwith, as the long hands of the law are set to catch up with them.

He assured that anyone found wanting will be prosecuted.


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