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Four dies as mining site collapses in Bauchi

by Akeem Adeyemi
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Four dies as mining site collapses in Bauchi

A mining site in Kogo Kadage village in Yadagungume area of Ningi LGA, Bauchi State on Saturday collapsed killed four miners who were digging for lead in the area.

IdanNews gathered that the tragic incident occurred on Saturday night when the miners were digging and trying to excavate lead, one of the mineral resources common in the area.

According to a source who did not want his name on print said the people have been there for over one-month mining and excavating lead during which the hole dug collapsed on them burying them underneath. 

The source said four miners died instantly after they were removed from the collapsed site.

While confirming the incident, the Caretaker Chairman of Ningi local government area, Hon Ibrahim Zubairu described it as most unfortunate saying that four people were trapped in the pit and three died instantly.

Ibrahim Zubairu said that the illegal mining site is located at Kogo Kadage forest, seven kilometres away from Yadagungume town. 

In his words, “Yesterday, Saturday, I was informed that four people were trapped in a mining pit, I directed that they should try and do something and later on, they reported back to me that they recovered three bodies.”

He added that, “I don’t know about the illegal activities of the locals because we have banned all sorts of illegal mining in the entire local government area. It came to me as a surprise when I got the report of the incident.” 

However, Zubairu said he has directed the Burra Divisional Police Officer for supervision of the illegal mining sites and constituted a committee tasked with the obligations of checkmating the unlawful mining activities and land related matters. 

He then warned people to desist from illegal mining activities as the government would not spare anyone caught wanton.

The caretaker Chairman condoled with the families members of the deceased and prayed for eternal rest and asked the families to bear the irreparable loss. 

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