Insecurity: Miners In Kaduna Now Want Guards
The crisis in Kaduna State is taking its toll on Nigeria's economy.
Mining activities which is barely happening and surviving in the nation is being affected by the activities of bandits.
In Kaduna, where killings occurred recently, miners are also part of the target and the Chairman of Miners Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State branch, Lawal Mayere, on Sunday requested that the Federal Government should formulate a policy that would allow the use of vigilantes for security in mining sites in Nigeria.
At least 10 local miners were allegedly killed and several
others injured by suspected armed bandits in Janruwa community of Birnin Gwari
council area of Kaduna State in April.
Mayere believes that the use of vigilantes at all mining sites would end incessant attack and killing of miners.
He said miners in Kaduna had suspended mining operations due to rampant kidnapping and bandit attacks on the field.
"Miners operating in Kaduna have stopped operations due to insecurity at our mining sites and this is affecting our livelihood.
"I believe that the involvement of vigilantes will help in curbing insecurity at all mining sites, the locals are already familiar with the terrain of their areas, how the perpetrators operate and the local charms they are using.
The chairman said the use of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) had contributed to the degrading and decimation of the Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East.
“This can be replicated at all mining sites across the country,” he added.
In September, at least 16 miners were kidnapped in Kaduna State.
The Kaduna State Police Command, said the miners were kidnapped in Bogoma village of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area in the state.
According to the spokesman for the Command, Yakubu Sabo, the 16 miners were abducted on Tuesday night when the truck they were travelling in was intercepted by armed bandits shortly after they left their mining site on their way home.
"The bandits kidnapped one Isa Tanimu and 15 others all of the same village,” Sabo said.