The Zamfara State police command has arrested two Chinese nationals for allegedly engaging in illegal mining.
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The federal government had last year, banned all mining activities, following the spate of banditry in the state.
Mohammad Shehu, spokesperson of the command, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday.
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Shehu stated that the two Chinese nationals, Messrs WANG and CHUN, are being interrogated at the command.
The statement reads: “The Command had On 19th April, 2020 received information that some foreigners in concert with other unpatriotic Nigerians engaged in illegal mining activities in Kwali, Bukkuyum LGA of the state.
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“On the strength of the information, on 20th April, 2020, the Commissioner of Police CP Usman Nagogo psc+ led a special task force team to Kwali mining sites to assess and see things for himself. The information proved to be credible one as hundreds of miners scattered as soon as they saw the team.
“Two labourers were however arrested who confirmed the presence of Chinese and Bulkinabe Nationals among others.
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“On 25thth April, 2020 information had it that a Chinese and Bulkinabe Nationals are taking shelter somewhere in Nasarawa Burkullu.
“On 26th April, 2020 the Commissioner of Police led another team to the same Village where two Chinese Nationals were seen with all the chemicals necessary for making gold.
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“The two Chinese Nationals Mr WANG and Mr. CHUN are being interrogated to get more information that could help the course of investigation.”