« Landslides at illegal mining sites claimed the lives of several illegal miners who sought to eke out a living in hard working conditions in remote communities of Kebin Mangoro, Kasada and other communities within Kuje Area Council, in Abuja.
Footage filmed on Saturday shows illegal workers labouring under harsh conditions in excavating slopes with semi-primitive tools, seeking mineral resources without adhering to safety standards to protect their lives.
Tragically, this precarious situation has already resulted in multiple fatalities.
“Some people, like six people, were digging stones which fell on them. Four die, we bring two out. There is one place again too, where some people, still stones fall on top of them, then die,” Danjuma revealed.
The absence of regulatory oversight and safety measures at these illegal mining sites has exacerbated the danger faced by these miners, who are primarily driven by economic desperation.
“Many of our people, through a lot, far away, they’re coming here, in this bush. You know, everybody is hungry, as we are now. Youths have no work to do. They’ve come here to end that, into this bush, they are digging,” he added. »