Mr. Danjuma Elisha, NSCDC Commandant in Imo State Photo: TVCNews

Economic Sabotage: NSCDC arrests 29 illegal miners

*I am aware we are doing illegal business, and our mining activities are impacting negatively the environment ─Suspect

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For allegedly engaging in unlawful mining activities regarded by many as economic sabotage, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in Imo State Command, has paraded 29 persons it apprehended at various locations in the state.

Mr. Danjuma Elisha, NSCDC Commandant in the state, disclosed this Saturday, October 3, in Owerri, Imo State capital, according to agency report.

The Commandant revealed that his Command apprehended the suspected illegal miners, on the earlier directive of Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State to crack down on illegal mining operators in the state.

The Commandant said the feat was achieved because of the synergy of operations existing among security outfits in Imo State.

The current arrests were effected by a combined team, involving the Military, Police and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) personnel among others, said Elisha.

He stressed that the NSCDC would conduct the profiling on the suspects before charging them to court.

The Commandant stated: “We are here to work, and we must carry out the governor’s directive to the full by ensuring that the environment is safe for all.

“Illegal mining is impacting negatively on the lives of people in Imo.

“It is one of the causes of landslide and heavy flooding, so we will not allow it to happen again.”

Kelechi Nwokocha, one of the suspects, who pleaded for forgiveness, told the News Agency of Nigeria, that he had been in the business for seven years before being arrested.

Nwokocha said: “I was arrested at Worie River at Nekede Old Road.

“I am aware that we are doing illegal business and our mining activities are impacting negatively on the environment.

“If I am given a second chance, I will not go back to illegal mining again.”

Governor Uzodimma recently announced a ban on illegal mining operations and directed security agencies to implement the directive accordingly, the report stated.

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