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Mining Pit Collapse: Niger govt release names of trapped persons

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The Niger State government yesterday released the names of 14 miners currently trapped in the collapsed mining site in Galkogo Village, in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.

Making this disclosure after a visit to the site, Commissioner in the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Garba Sabo Yahaya, however highlighted the lack of synergy between the mining company’s management and the district head.

According to him, the names of the 14 miners currently trapped are: Abdullahi Yahaya, Ibrahim Mansir, Abubakar Isah, Friday Musa, Godwin Hussaini, Benjamin Ashafa, Zayyanu Ibrahim, Abdul Ali, Hamza Musa, Umar Abubakar, Joseph Madaki, Ibrahim I. Ishiaku Kuta, Abbas Musa and Yakubu Mamman.

“We are in collaboration with relevant authorities and the rescue team is working tirelessly to ensure the safe rescue of the remaining trapped individuals.”

The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Yunusa Mohammed Nahauni, said the collapse occurred due to failed hanging walls within the mining site.

The commissioner further disclosed that Governor Umaru Bago had given directives for the suspension of all mining activities in the state and crack down on illegal miners.

He said, the directives to all the Emirates is for mining companies to adhere to the Governor’s order, warning that failure to do so would result in penalties.

Amongst those on the team include the Commissioner for Internal Security and Homeland and Commissioner of Police.

Speaking earlier, the district head of Galkogo village confirmed that initially, a total of 20 people were trapped in the mining site, but 6 have since been rescued.

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