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  • News - North East - Taraba
  • Updated: August 21, 2023

Taraba Government Records Major Success Against Illegal Miners

Taraba Government Records Major Success Against Illegal Mine

The Taraba State Government has recorded major success against illegal miners in the state following a directive by the State Governor, Agbu Kefas, banning mining activities in the state.

The Governor had following the directive, inaugurated a taskforce to arrest and prosecute illegal miners and those involved in tree felling across the state.

Over the weekend, the taskforce arrested 3,500 illegal miners at the Dogon Yatsu Forest in Bali Local Government Area of the state. 

The taskforce led by its Chairman, Brigadier General Jeremiah Faransa (Rtd), revealed that the illegal miners included foreigners from within and outside Nigeria.

Faransa explained that those detained included expatriates from Mali, Senegal, and Chad, and others from Zamfara and other parts of the country.

It took the taskforce hours of a motorcycle ride to the mining site where the arrests were made.

The taskforce chairman emphasized that the state was not driving away investors but calling on them to follow due process. 

The taskforce had in early August secured the conviction of 46 persons involved in illegal mining and tree felling in the state.

Farauta had said that they had also impounded over 100 trucks carrying different kinds of wood out of the state.

"We have a mobile court which is a court of summary jurisdiction and the full weight of justice shall be applied to the offenders.

“Already those who had been convicted are provided with an option of fine or will go to jail," he said.

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