Nine buried alive

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•As gold mining pit collapses in Zamfara

From ATTAHIRU AHMED, Gusau

No fewer than nine people died after a mining pit caved in on alleged illegal miners in Dogon Daji Village of Ruwan Dorawa, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, as two miners dug gold worth N2.3 million two days before the incident. The incident happened at about 5:00a.m yesterday when the miners were digging up gold at one of the mining sites, few metres from Dogon Daji Village.

An eyewitness named Shafi’u Abdullahi told Daily Sun that they were about to observe their morning prayer when some people rushed to the mosque shouting for help. “We rushed to the mining site and found out that the under ground tunnel caved in and we understand that 10 people were inside and we believed they are buried alive.”

Daily Sun gathered that it took the rescuers more than nine hours before they could dig the dead miners out of the collapsed pit. Eyewitness further explained that after they rushed to the site, many of them (rescuer) started using hoes, shovels and all other available objects to rescue those trapped, but they were able to get only one person alive and he was rushed to the hospital in Maru.

“When we brought them out around 2:00p.m, nine of them were already dead except one Mallam Hussaini Maikifi who was rescued and rushed to hospital.” Daily Sun learnt from a close source, Lawali Abubakar that before the collapse of the mining pit, there was sign of possible collapse, which the miners took with levity. When Daily Sun visited the scene of the incident, it was gathered that the site was deserted. Sources further disclosed that two miners made N2.3 million in one of the mining pits in the area a day before the tragedy struck and that it had become a means of earning a livelihood to the teeming jobless villagers.

“We won’t stop mining despite the dangers unless government provides alternative jobs because we are eking out a living from the business,” another eyewitness, Isah Ibrahim said. Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state police command, DSP Hassan Usman Talba confirmed the incident, saying, the law banning all forms of illegal mining was still in force and that anybody caught would face the full wrath of the law.

“The only problem we are facing on the issue of illegal mining is that we cannot locate these illegal mining sites with ease because, they are mostly situated in the forests and let me tell you when I was a DPO in Anka Local Government Area, I arrested some of them,” he added.

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  1. If gold is in zamfara and is illegal mined, then what is the minister of power, steel and mineral resources doing to harness it and provide employment 4 these pple. Don’t focuss only on crude oil.

  2. if it were in the Niger Delta, the JTF would ve killed many in the site before the collapse. why not arrest the only survivor. my people you can see making millions a day from illegal minning and nobody is interested to arrest them yet we are killed every day for our oil. idiots

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  7. WHAT A LOST BRETHREN? A SAID IT WE NIGERIANS ARE BLESSED BY GOD WITH SO MANY RESOURCE THAT OUR MINISTERS CANNOT EVEN MANAGE ANYMORE…… GOD PLEASE HAVE MERCY ON YOUR PEOPLE

  8. Sad. May their souls rest in peace! If only government can sincerely harness our huge/diverse resources and channel them to genuine/equitable development, Nigeria would have been a very great country.

  9. When people are crying for job creations, in their part the government of the day sees it as not being a need. Their immediate need is to stash billions of dollars in their bank accounts all over the world. Why not go into all these mineral resources and employ as many jobless youths as you can, to carry out the mining legally? If the governor do not see joblessness as a need, sooner than later what has been taking place in the Arab world shall soon begin here in Nigeria. Then, the leaders shall die the death of Saddam of Iraq and Gadaffi of Libya; then all their loots shall be inherited by those they less expected to be their heirs: mark my words.

  10. Hypocrisy!How can people openly mine gold? But try anything in the niger delta… forward match to your early grave. I fear the day oil will dry up in the south because no southerner will be allowed to tap any of their natural resources.

  11. Is there gold mining in Nigeria, if there is as has been revealed, what is the Minister of power doing, why cannt Nigeria extend explore other minerals than relying on oil alone….

  12. D Niger Deltans are killed every day at d oil reach communities of d area. While on water ways u’ll raise ur hands for minutes before u’ll b asked to keep ur hands down by millitary gun boats haboured at various settlements in search of oil bunkerers but in d north d reverse is d case. No JTF, cummuters are not asked to raise their hands, no search for illegal gold mining. What are we saying? Are saying dat some persons has d right to their resources at will while others are not? A whole high ranking Police Officer say that he doesn’t knw illegal gold mining sites in d bush bt Police knws illegal bunkering sites in d dip sea. Let’s nt fool ourselves. Its high time govt begins to look inwards n do tins right. All sphere of d nation resources shuld b looked into if we want dis country to b great. Stop d embarrassment of d niger deltans.

  13. dat is first example of one nigeria.Gold in Zamfara and govt leave in the hand of illegal minings,Oil in the south,govt want to make sure they finish it before nigeria will divide.

    The gov of Zamfara will not tell the world that he don’t know that there is such gold and legal use of it but as the north has vow not to be part of anything that help nigeria grow,they are busy forcing the federal govt to increase they share of oil money,when they hide gold in their back yard

    God is not a fool,this just a good example,more are coming

  14. May their souls rest in peace!I here by urge d ministry of sloid minerals developement to move into dat state to harness d mineral deposits in d state and fashion out a way to to put it in order and create employements to d teeming jobles youths.

  15. ROBIONG PETER TO PAY PAUL.. GOLD IN NIGERIA, ILLEGALLY MINED, OIL IN INGERIA HIJACKED BY THE CABLES, OKADA IN NIGERIA CHEASED OUT BY THE GOVERMENT.. WHAT ELSE DOES GOVT NEED… CRYING WOLF WHERE THERE IS NON…

  16. why we can’t emulate good things from what we hear from other nations.if we can’t manage our selves call other people that knows more about managment to take care of our resourses for we are wasting them to wrong hands that is why we can’t progres.no good leaders. i weep for Nigeria.

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