Another mining site collapses in Niger, kills three



Barely two weeks some miners trapped at a site, another tragedy struck at Bazakwoi of Adunu Community, Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State when a mining pit collapsed at an illegal gold mining site, resulting in the death of no fewer than three persons, while one other victim was rescued with injuries.

Indication to this effect emerged on Thursday evening when the Director General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Malam Abdullahi Baba Arah, in a statement he signed and made available to journalists in Minna, disclosed that the agency had received a report of mining pit collapse at Bazakwoi of Adnun community in Paikoro Local government areas of the State.

According to the NSEMA boss, “The incident occurred earlier today (Thursday) 13th June 2024. It involves local miners who are said to be illegally mining the gold deposit environment and scavenging for the mineral, thereby resulting in the deaths of no fewer than about three persons at the scene.”

The statement added that as of the time of filing the report, three persons were confirmed dead while one person was rescued alive with injuries.

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Baba Arah, however, noted that “No one was trapped, and as such, there was no search and rescue operation”, the statement added.

Just two weeks ago a mining site collapsed in Galkogo village, Shiroro Local Government Area, with many people trapped underground.

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