14 Miners Still Trapped Under Niger Rock โ€“ Police ๐ŸŽŠ The Scoper Media

No fewer than 14 miners are still trapped under the rumbles of a collapsed mining pit in Galkogo community, Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, the Police Command said on Wednesday.

The mining site said to belong to โ€˜African Minerals and Logistics Limitedโ€™ caved in after a heavy downpour during which 50 workers got trapped inside the rubble.

PUNCH learnt that the mine collapsed on Sunday evening during which one of the miners lost his life in the accident while six others were seriously injured. Six of the miners were said to have escaped unhurt.

A team of Police operatives led by the Commissioner of Police, Shawulu Danmamman, visited the collapsed mining site to join in the rescue operation.

The Commissioner of Homeland Security, Bello Mohammed, and Commissioner of Minerals Resources, Garba Yahaya, were also at the site.

When contacted, the spokesman of the Niger State Police Command, Wasiu Abiodun, said 20 people initially got trapped inside the rubble but six were rescued.

โ€œThe commissioner of Police visits the mining site incident, along with the Commissioner of homeland security, and Commissioner of minerals resources.

โ€œThey arrived at the scene at about 1200hrs and the engineer in the site confirmed that 20 persons were trapped under the rock but 6 persons were rescued out of the 20 persons. 14 persons are still trapped under the rock. Efforts are still ongoing by the site engineers and rescue team to rescue the rest of the victims.

โ€œThe district head Mall. Aliyu Umar was also present where he also confirmed the number of persons trapped. He appreciated the CP, Area Commander Shiroro, and the DPO Shiroro for their bravery since the incident.

โ€œThe Commissioner of minerals resources told the district head and the villagers that they came on behalf of the Government and that the Government is not happy about the incident. The team condoled with the people of the community.

โ€œThe CP also reminded them that mining activities have been banned by the Government in the State, but people still go about the activities of mining. He warned the community to desist from such acts,โ€ Abiodun stated