Federal Government Deploys Additional 350 Mining Marshals to Combat Illegal Miners

WITH quest to drastically reduce illegal miners in the solid minerals sector, the Federal Government, Friday, added 350 mining marshals to intensify fight against the criminals.

The deployment was made by the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake, as the mining marshals had a Passing Out Parade at the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, headquarters in Abuja.

Alake who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Mary Ogbe, commended the flourishing cooperation and collaboration between the Ministries of Solid Ministry of Development and Ministry of Interior, appreciated the Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo and NSCDC for their collaboration and commitment in combating illegal miners.

He also said the deployment of 350 additional operatives to the mining marshals on ground who are doing a great job depicts the Tinubu-led administration’s determination and commitment to reposition the mining sector and restore investors’ confidence in the sector.

He (Alake) pointed out that the successes recorded by the mining marshals in just few months is worthy of commendation and shows how resilient the government is to ensure the mining sector is sanitized.

The minister also noted that their efforts have significantly reduced illegal mineral haulage and the activities of unlicensed operators nationwide and added that more support will be given to the personnel for greater achievement.

Meanwhile, it will be recalled that since the inauguration of the first batch of 2,220 mining marshals, over 200 illegal mining suspects have been arrested, with 133 prosecutions underway, and confiscated illegally mined minerals, forfeited to the federal government.

He said: “Today’s Passing Out Parade of the second batch will further increase our numbers, ensuring wider coverage and enhancing the operational effectiveness of the squad.

“As we integrate and improve collaboration between mining marshals and Federal Mines Officers (FMO) across the country, we aim to intensify sector sanitization and boost investor confidence, leading to increased investments and development in the mining industry.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, while addressing the newly inducted mining marshals, affirmed that they are products of the collaboration between the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development and the Ministry of Interior, and his Ministry had ensured the need to sustain the tempo on training and deploying professionals for effective and comprehensive coverage of the country’s vast solid minerals sites against saboteurs.

The progress made so far exemplifies effective collaboration. With this second batch, we have more personnel on the ground, but we must continue training and deploying to protect our mining areas and ensure our nation reaps the full benefits of its solid minerals, for economic development”, Tunji-Ojo said.

In his remarks, NSCDC Commandant-General, Dr. Abubakar Audi, disclosed that the new operatives were made to go through an eight-week intensive training including patriotism, intelligence gathering, swift response, bravery, strengthening the mining marshals’ operations and intensifying efforts against illegal miners.

The induction of the 350 new operatives brings the total number of specially trained and kitted mining marshals deployed nationwide to 2,570.

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