The police in Zamfara State have arrested two Chinese suspected to have engaged in illegal mining, the Police Command’s Spokesperson, SP Mohammad Shehu, said in a statement on Monday.
He said that the police arrested the Chinese, Chun and Wang following information from some labourers who were earlier arrested in connection with the activity.
In April 2019, the Federal Government banned all mining activities in Zamfara State due to security concerns.
Shehu said, “The Command had on April 19, 2020 recieved information that some foreigners in concert with other unpatriotic Nigerians engaged in illegal mining activities in Kwali, Bukkuyum LGA (Local Government Area) of the state.
“On the strength of the information, on April 20, 2020, the Commissioner of Police, CP Usman Nagogo psc+, led a special taskforce team to Kwali mining sites to assess and see things for himself.
“The information proved to be credible 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,” Shehu said.
He said that on Saturday, April 25, the police got information that a Chinese and a Bulkinabe were taking shelter somewhere in Nasarawa Burkullu.
“On April 26 (Sunday) 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,” Shehu said.
According to him, the Chinese, Wang and Chun, are being interrogated to get more information that can help in the investigation.