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FG Prosecutes 18 Chinese Illegal Miners In Plateau State

Dr Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Mines and Steel Development
Eighteen Chinese nationals and thirty-six Nigerians are currently facing trial over illegal mining in Plateau State.

Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development made this known yesterday in a meeting with State House correspondents. He further informed the press that the illegal miners who were caught mining gold and sapphire would be prosecuted by the Police in accordance with the laws of the the land.
Illegal mining is an age-long problem that has troubled the development of Nigeria’s extractive industry.
A man named Alhaji Usman Abubakar (A.K.A Dan China) from Bauchi State was identified as the brain behind this illegal mining in Plateau state.

The Minister when interviewed by some reporters on the actions taken on the case, he said, “About 36 were arrested and we have the mines police there, they are being persecuted, I believe the police are handling that. Eighteen of the Chinese are being prosecuted.”.

Fayemi also went further to talk about measures his government has been taking to try to discontinue illegal mining but the programme and policies has not been enforced due to lack of funding from Government

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