By Frank Oshanugor
The Police Anti-Illegal Mining Squad in Zamfara State has arrested many suspected illegal miners, among whom no fewer than 16 are now facing prosecution.
Their mining activities were contrary to Presidential order that banned illegal mining in Zamfara State.
The anti illegal mining team which was led by SP Murtala Bello assigned by the Force Headquarters, Abuja to enforce the Presidential order, had embarked on rigorous raiding and dislodging of illegal miners in various locations across the State.
The operations had commenced since September, 2020 when they raided numerous illegal mining sites at different locations in the state and succeeded in the arrest of many notorious illegal miners alongside formidable exhibits.
According to Zamfara State Police spokesman, SP Mohammed Shehu, “the squad within the stated time to date has been able to raid major illegal mining sites at Kwali in Bukkuyum local government area, Daki Takwas in Gummi local Government Area, Zugu and Wawan Icce mining sites in Anka local government area of Zamfara State among others.”
“The recent operations conducted by the anti- illegal mining team was at ‘Yan Kaura mining site in Maru local government area where villagers from different parts of the state converged and embarked on illegal mining activities. The assigned squad has mobilized and successfully dislodged the violators and 16 suspects were arrested.”
Shehu said discreet investigation was conducted after which all the suspects were charged to court and they are now in prison custody.
During the operations, numerous number of exhibits were recovered which include 504 bags of different chemicals used in refining Gold, one Lexus Jeep, one Meter Director, one Professional Digital Table Top Scale, 14 bags of processing sand suspected to be Gold amongst others.