The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) arrested no fewer than 40 suspected illegal coal miners in Enugu, the Commandant, Mr Muhammed Dada said.
Addressing newsmen on Friday in Enugu, Dada said that during the operation items recovered included pumping machines, diggers, head-pans, shovels, and four Hanvan G7 trucks without registration numbers.
Others are a Toyota Hilux van with registration number MUS 513 HU, two heavy-duty batteries, a substantial amount of coal, and a motorcycle.
Dada said that the operation took place on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the base of Ugwuonyeama hill in Enugu.
The commandant described the act as a serious economic sabotage, adding that the arrest underlined NSCDC’s role as the lead agency entrusted with safeguarding critical national assets and infrastructure.
“The NSCDC’s intelligence team, acting on a tip-off, conducted a successful raid leading to the arrest of the 40 suspects involved in illegal coal mining at Ugwuonyeama,” he said.
Dada said that NSCDC would thoroughly investigate the matter and “ensure that those responsible for these activities face the consequences of their actions”.
He also warned individuals engaging in illegal mining activities in the state to stop immediately.
The commandant reiterated NSCDC’s resolve to collaborate with law-abiding citizens, urging residents to support government efforts in curbing these illegal activities by providing information that could aid in ending them.
“Those with valid clearance and legitimate mining operation licenses will be treated in accordance with the law.
“The NSCDC remains resolute in its actions, which underline it commitment to safeguarding the nation’s resources and preserving the integrity of its critical assets,” he said.
FULL LIST: 13 Zamfara Varsity Students Freed As Troops Rescue Seven [See state of origin]
The Joint Task Force of Operation Hadarin Daji has rescued another seven female students of the Federal University Gusau in Zamfara State.
The PUNCH reports that bandits attacked the university and abducted over 20 students from their rented lodge in the Sabon Gida, Bungudu LGA of the state, last Friday.
According to Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency publication focused on the Lake Chad region, the seven students were rescued alongside three male workers of Gupran Engineering Zervices Ltd.
The troops had earlier rescued six female students the same Friday.
This translates to a total of 13 students who have been rescued so far.
The names of the freed students are as follows:
Rukayya Sani Batola: Educ Chemistry -200 Level -Zamfara
Merry Monday: MCB-300 Level
Maryam Salawuddeen: Accounting-300 Level-Osun
Salamatu Jummai Dahiru: MCB-200 LEVEL
Fiddausi Abdulazeez: Edu Biology -200 Level
Amamatullahi Asabe Dahiru: Education Chemistry-200 Level
Ketora Bulus: Education Physics-100 – Level-Kaduna
Felicia Sunday: Computer Science- 200 – Level-Osun
Jamila Ahmad: BCH-200 LEVEL – Kogi
Aisha Aminu Ujong: Edu Physics- GRADUATED-Cross River
Mariya Abdulrahman Usman: English-400 – Level-Katsina
Usaina Abdulrahman, Education: English-100 – Level-Katsina
Saadatu Aminu Abubakar: Education Biology
Flood Wrecks Havoc In Delta, Sacks Five Communities
Ravaging flood across Delta State has sacked five communities in the Warri North Local Government Area.
The affected communities included Torukubuagbene, Awanba, Koropigbene, Itagbene and Asigborodo as well as adjourning communities.
The Councillor representing Ogbinbiri ward 18, in Asigborodo Community, Mr Kenren Pere, disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Warri.
Pere said the incident began more than a week ago and the situation became worse on Friday.
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While appealing for an urgent intervention by the state government, the councillor said that the life of his people were at stake.
He said, “I cannot attribute the course to flooding or the heavy torrential downpour that has been happening in recent time, though, rain has been falling before, but we have not had it so bad like this.
“Many valuables including local boats, clothes, food items, and other means of livelihood have been destroyed by the unfortunate occurrence.
“Lives are at stake, people can no longer go about their normal daily activities to feed, so there is hunger in the affected communities.
“The overflow started more than a week ago, but the situation became worse three days ago, leaving my people in fear,” he said.
Pere also appealed to the state government to send relief materials including food items to the people “to alleviate their suffering.”
The Director, Administration and Finance, Delta Emergency Management Agency, Daniel Okpor said the agency was not aware of the development.
Okpor, however, requested for video clips of the incident to aid their findings and response.
“Was the incident a result of flood or rainfall? We believe more on video than photographs. In the absence of video, you can send me photographs,” he requested.
BREAKING: Fire Guts Section Of Supreme Court
A portion of the Supreme Court is on fire.
Our correspondent gathered that the fire engulfed a side of the judges’ chamber of the apex court.
Details about the incident are still sketchy as of the time of filling this report.
The spokesperson of the court, Akande Festus, could not be reached as of the time of filling this report.
The spokesperson for the Federal Fire Service, Paul Abraham, asked our correspondent to call him back.
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