The Zamfara State Police Command on Sunday arrested two Chinese, Mr. Wang and Mr. Chun, for allegedly engaging in illegal mining of gold.
Both men were among hundreds of ikegal miners allegedly engaged in the illegal trade when the Commissioner of Police, Usman Nagogi, went on a surveillance tour of Nasarawa Burkullum, where the activities were taking place.
The spokesman for the state command, SP Mohammed Shehu, who confirmed the development in a statement, said: “It would be recalled that sometimes last year the Federal Government of Nigeria banned all mining activities in Zamfara State.
The Command had on 19th April, 2020 recieved information that some foreigners in concert with other unpatriotic Nigerians engaged in illegal mining activities in Kwali, Bukkuyum LGA of the state.
On the strength of the information, On 20th April, 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 a 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. On 25thth April, 2020 information had it that a Chinese and Burkinabe were 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.
The two Chinese Nationals Mr WANG and Mr. CHUN are being interrogated to get more information that could help the course of investigation.”