Kogi State Government has banned illegal mining in the state
The state government through the Ministry of Solid Minerals and Natural resources issued the order following the death of two persons after an illegal mining site collapsed at Ika- Ogboyaga in Ankpa Local Government Area.
The two miners died on Saturday, 27th August 2022.
Miners have been directed by Kogi State Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Natural Resources, Engr. Bashiru Gegu, to register with the Ministry to enhance peace and criminal-free sites.
The state government which expressed worry over the activities of some unknown operators in mining sites said failure to adhere to the directive will lead to the closure of erring mining sites.
Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) Oyinloye JK who disclosed that the deceased had been buried following Islamic laws, said an investigation had begun to ascertain the owner of the site.
The Divisional Official of the NSCDC has also been asked to liaise with the traditional ruler not to allow further illegal activities in the community until the investigation is completed.