Buhari names Sources Funding Criminal Activities in Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari has noted that his government has discovered that criminals have infiltrated the mining industry in Nigeria. Buhari made this claim while opening the 56th annual international conference and exhibition of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan. The theme of the conference was: ‘Responsible exploration and exploitation of mineral resources in a secured environment.
The president was represented by the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uchechukwu Ogah.The President said since most mining activities are carried out in remote places, it is easy for criminals to infiltrate the mining industry.Buhari further stated that the money made from the industry is being used to fund criminal activities which has affected the security structure of the country.
He added that apart from the criminal activities affecting the economy, it is also affecting the security of lives and property of the people in many ways.The President said, “The reality of this truth is most obvious in the minerals sector given the fact that mining activities take place in remote localities. Our intelligence gathering efforts have confirmed that most of these criminal elements have infiltrated the mining industry and are using it as means of funding their despicable activities.”“It is with this understanding that we recently took the painful but necessary decision of banning all forms of mining activities in Zamfara State, where armed banditry has persisted.”“It is also to this end that I directed the ministers of Mines and Steel Development to strengthen collaboration with state governments and relevant security agencies to ensure the security and safety of all mining areas.
In so doing, we can achieve sustainable development of the minerals sector for the peace and security of our great country and good people.”“It is in furtherance of our commitment and resolve to address the security challenges that I recently charged the newly-decorated service chiefs that they have just a few weeks to crush all forms of criminality in the country. We cannot yield the sovereignty of our nation to a bunch of individuals, who have refused to see reasons to abandon their criminality.”“The security chiefs have been mandated to forcefully bring this criminality to an immediate end. Let me reiterate that the government is more than capable and more than ever determined to halt all forms of criminality perpetuated by these individuals.”President Buhari in his statement on Tuesday restated the commitment of his government to diversifying Nigeria’s economy using mining and agriculture sectors as viable option.
Eight feared dead, many injured in Bauchi road crash
Eight persons have been feared dead and many injured in multiple road accident in Bauchi State on Wednesday.
The Nation gathered that the first crash which claimed six lives occurred around Darazo-Dukku road.
It involved over 70 traders who were travelling in a trailer from Darazo town, Darazo Local Government Area of the State. They were on their way to Dukku market in Gombe State.
Several people were severely wounded and rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) and the General Hospital, Darazo for prompt medical attention.
The other occurred at at Dungulbi village, about 10km away from Bauchi metropolis on the ever busy Bauchi – Gombe highway.
It involved a Toyota Hummer bus belonging to the National Tourism Development Commission (NTDC) which had a head-on collision with a Sharon commercial bus conveying about 17 passengers to Gombe .
Two persons were said to have died while several persons also sustained injuries.
The third accident had no death recorded but left about eight persons injured. It was said to have occurred along Bauchi -Toro road.
It involved a Truck which collided with a Tricycle locally called Keke-Napep.
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Bauchi State, Assistant Corp Commander, Yusuf Abdullahi, who confirmed the multiple crash to our correspondent in a phone interview said the FRSC had a tough time carrying out a rescue operation.
He said though the exact number of casualty is yet unknown as at press time, but about 23 persons were injured.
He said, “Yes, there was an accident this morning involving over 70 people who were in a truck going to Dukku market.
“The truck skidded off the road and threw the people away. They were hung on the truck. It took us (FRSC) hours to carry out the rescue operation and presently, the victims are being sorted out.
“I cannot tell you the exact number of the casualties but some of the traders have died, about six of them.
” Also In Bauchi – Gombe road two commercial vehicles collided while 2 persons died , the other person lose his life at the hospital.
”Fifteen people were also injured. The vehicles involved are one Sharon commercial bus and one Toyota hummer bus.
”The third accident occurred along Bauchi -Toro road. It involved a Truck and Keke Napep. Eight persons were injured but no death recorded.”