Minister accuses security operatives of aiding illegal Chinese miners in Nigeria
Some illegal Chinese miners have been arrested in Plateau state
Arrested along with them are some security operatives guarding them
The minister of mines and steel development said it is sad to see security operatives guarding the criminals
The minister of mines and steel development, Kayode Fayemi, has expressed disappointment at security operatives providing security for illegal Chinese miners in Nigeria.
Fayemi said it is sad that the foreigners entered Nigeria and started mining without proper authorisation from the government.
Report says that Fayemi made this statement while addressing security operatives in Kampani Zurak village in Bashar chiefdom of Wase local government area of Plateau state where 20 illegal miners, including eight Chinese citizens, were arrested on Monday, August 14.
Fayemi said: “It is sad that security operatives are giving them (illegal miners) security cover. If not, why do people guard this site?” “These miners are illegal. Government did not give them permission to do this, they are economic saboteurs.
“This cannot happen anywhere else in the world and we will not allow it anywhere in Nigeria.
We do not want these miners.” The state governor, Simon Lalong, who was also present with the minister threatened to transfer the divisional police officer in charge of Wase local government area for allowing the illegal miners excavate the land.
He also said that the government would sanction any traditional ruler found to have connived with the miners to exploit the community Lalong, furious over the activities of the miners, alleged that the miners excavate minerals from the site worth N5 billion monthly.
It was earlier reported that a worker at Green World, a drug producing firm at Tayo Laose Close, Akinola Cole Estate, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos state allegedly killed his Chinese boss, Alice Xu.
The incident happened around 8pm on Friday at the firm, which the 26-year-old Chinese woman also used as a residence. The report said the suspect, 28-year-old Okechukwu Amos, who was a casual worker under Alice Xu sneaked into her apartment while she was sleeping and strangled her to death by covering her nose with a cloth until she suffocated.
Okechukwu had been heard to have complained that his boss, Alice Xu usually harassed him, and decided to “deal with her” that day.