Buhari condoles with Zamfara over killing of miners

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the government and people of Zamfara State over the brutal killing of miners at Gidan Ardo village of Bindin District in Maru Local Government Area of the state.

President Buhari, on his Twitter handle on Tuesday, condemned the incident, saying he was being briefed by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State on the ongoing investigations into the incident.

He gave the assurance that the Federal Government would work closely with the state government to find lasting solution to the problem of armed banditry in the state and beyond.

The Twitter message reads: “I commiserate with the government and people of Zamfara on the cold-blooded murder by armed bandits of 36 persons at Bindin in Maru Local Government Area.

“These killings are utterly condemnable. I am in touch with Gov. Abdulaziz Yari and being briefed on on-going investigations

“We will work with the State Government and security agencies to find a lasting solution to the problem of armed banditry in the state and region.”

The Police in Zamfara State on Tuesday confirmed that several people were killed by gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers at a mining site in Gidan Ardo village of Bindin district of Maru Local Government Area.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Shehu Muhammad, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Gusau, said investigation into the killing had just begun.

Muhammad said the Anti-terrorism Squad of the command had already been deployed to the area to join the Army in trailing the gunmen and gave assurance that they would soon be arrested.

Eyewitnesses in the area said the gunmen, numbering over 70, rode into the mining site at about 3pm and shot anyone in sight, killing over 40 persons and injuring several others.

The gunmen were said to have carted away most of the mineral finds and also killed some of those that were in the mining pit.

Nigerian Miners Need Intervention To Boost Economy – Reps

The House of Representatives on Thursday said the Miners Association of Nigeria needed serious intervention for the country to benefit from other sectors of the economy apart from oil and gas.

 

Rep. Adams Jagaba (Kaduna-APC) who represented the Chairman, House Committee on Solid Minerals Development, Rep. Datti Garba, said this while receiving members of the association in Abuja.

 

Jagaba advised the association to find out available funds in the relevant agencies and report back to the committee to enable it to do a follow up in accessing fund for its members.

 

“Do a little research and come for an interactive session for the committee to be well informed and assist the association in getting funds.

“If there is any legislation we are going to do to ease the accessibility of the fund or sponsor a bill, we will do that,” he said.

 

Rep. Henry Nwawuba (Imo-PDP) said that “we will be looking at you in developing the road map; maybe there is an existing road map.

 

“When next we sit with you, we should be able to know that we have stopped the importation of barite.

“As legislators we can give you legislative solutions, we can back it up law we can enforce during oversight.

“A lot unfortunately is still going to come from you,” he said.

 

According to him, “We need a serious intervention. You know there is N220 billion in Small Medium Enterprises fund.”

He also said that NEXIM bank had 450 million dollars and only two miners were able to access the loan to the point that they almost returned the fund.

He added that Nigeria had miners association who needed to access the fund.

 

“This is the time to really sit down and work and come up with a documentation; put up the processes and policies in place that can drive the sector.

“We are ready to work with you,” he said.

 

Alhaji Sani Shehu, President of the association, said the government should invest in mining for the economic benefit of the country.

“The government should fund this development and ensure we get it for the purpose of mining in Nigeria.

“The association is developing the miners mechanisation programme which will source machinery and we are talking with the NEXIM bank.

“We give these machinery to small scale miners to pay, maybe in 10 years and also hire to others,” he said.

 

 

(NAN)