Security Agencies Discusses How To Combat iIlegal Mining

as the Technical Committee meets in Abuja

The technical committee charged by the Federal Government to set up a joint task force, convened on Tuesday 30th January 2024, at the instance of IGP Kayode Egbetokun, to address the challenges posed by illegal mining in Nigeria in line with the frantic efforts of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Federal Government of Nigeria, to emplace sanity in the country’s mining sector.

In a statement on Wednesday, 31st January 2024 signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that the Committee meeting, which was held at the Police Force Headquarters, had in attendance the representatives from the Armed Forces, Police, NSCDC, Ministry of Solid Minerals, Environment, and other relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.

According to Adejobi, the mandate of the proposed task force is multifaceted, aiming to curb illegal mining activities perpetrated by both foreigners and Nigerians.

Key objectives include enhancing security in mining areas, enforcing mining laws, ensuring proper warehousing and monitoring of explosives, and advancing environmental sustainability in our mining operations.

The Nigeria Police Force, security forces, and other MDAs remain steadfast in supporting the agenda of the Federal Government’s quest for economic recovery and growth as well as socio-political development of Nigeria.

Recall that the Federal Government in Novembet 2023, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Mr. Dele Alake disclosed plans to create a special police outfit for the sole purpose of combating illegal mining across the country.