3 ex­pa­tri­ates ar­rested for pol­lut­ing Bauchi com­mu­ni­ties

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ahmed Mo­hammed, Bauchi

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.

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