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Akwa Ibom: NSCDC Apprehend 12 Illegal Miners

Akwa Ibom State government is going after illegal miners and dredgers, warning sternly that it would not condone such illicit activities with it’s added horrendous impact on the environment.

Illegal mining has become a serious environmental issue in Akwa ibom state. The miners engage in this criminal act without recourse to laws and set rules guiding minerals explorations, thereby inflicting serious  environmental damage. This menace has destroys aquatic lives, affects farming activities and as well as other means of livelihood of the people.

Commenting on the issue, the state commandant of NSCDC Mr. Eluyemi disclosed news men that they have been on the trail of the suspects, recently apprehending 12

He said, “As part of our activities to streamline the activities of miners in the state,  it is to ensure only legal miners are allowed to work on mining sites. Also, to make sure dues and royalties are paid to the government. We went out yesterday, Tuesday, and we arrested 12 illegal miners and impounded six trucks.”

Mr. Eluwade opined that the illegal activities of the miners is exposing the state to environmental disasters like; erosion, flooding, and other harmful effects.

SOURCE:  Daily Post

IMAGE:  Metro

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