Mining Pit Collapses, Kills Local Miners in North East

Four miners reportedly lost their lives Saturday evening, after they were trapped in a mining pit in Yadagungume, Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Sources said the incident occurred when the local miners were digging and trying to excavate lead. Before the incident, WikkiTimes learnt that the miners had been there for over a month.

The source who appealed for anonymity confirmed to this medium that the four local miners died instantly after they were dug out from the collapsed site.

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The caretaker chairman of Ningi LGA, Ibrahim Zubairu, also confirmed the incident.

Zubairu said the illegal mining site is located at Kogo Kadage forest, seven kilometres away from Yadagungume town.

“Yesterday (Saturday), I was informed that about four people were trapped in a mining pit, I directed that they should try and do something and later on, they reported back to me that they recovered three bodies.

“I don’t know about the illegal activities of the locals because we have banned all sorts of illegal mining in the local government it came to my surprise when I got the report of the incidence,” he said.

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The Chairman said he constituted a committee tasked with the responsibilities of checkmating the mining activities and land-related matters and also directed Burra Divisional Police Officer to supervise mining sites.

He warned people to desist from illegal mining activities as the government would not spare anyone caught wanton.

The caretaker chairman who condoled with the family members of the deceased prayed for their eternal rest and asked the families to bear the irreparable loss.


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