3 expatriates arrested for polluting Bauchi communities
Three Chinese men have been arrested, just as their firm was shut down on the orders of Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda.
It was gathered that the men were involved in mining activities which were allegedly affecting the health of people in Toro Local Government Area of the state.
The governor gave the order when he paid an unscheduled visit to the site of the company.
He said the Chinese firm registered with the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals, but that they did not comply with all laid down requirements before they commenced mining activities. He maintained that their activities posed danger to humans and animals.
“They did not
pay compensation to the communities and they did not relocate the communities before they started their activities,” he said.
Yuguda said his visit followed a report from the state Ministry of Health that the activities of the firm was dangerous to people and animals in the area.
The governor, who noted that the activities of the mining firm led to the displacement of over 18 communities, pledged to used traditional, community leaders and security agencies to locate the victims.
Earlier, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Solid Minerals, Alhaji Ahmed Tahir, told the governor that the Chinese firm has been operating in the area since 2011 and that all efforts by government officials to make them follow due process failed.