Lawan orders arrest of foreigners engaging in illegal mining in Nigeria

Lawan orders arrest of foreigners engaging in illegal mining in Nigeria

- Nigeria's Senate president, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, wants foreigners engaging in illegal mining in the country arrested

- Lawan insists that the activities in the mining sector of the country must be critically reviewed to make it effective and successful

- The Senate president says the upper chamber has a lot of work to do to revamp the sector

Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, Nigeria's Senate president, has ordered the arrest and prosecution of foreigners involved in illegal mining of the country's resources.

A statement by Ezrel Tabiowo, Lawan's media aide, quoted the Senate president as stating this on Wednesday, October 2, through a motion sponsored by Senator Ya’u Sahabi Alhaji (PDP, Zamfara North) and co-sponsored by 32 other senators.

“This Senate will look into the solid minerals sector seriously, and we will charge our committee on solid minerals, steel development and metallurgy to call for a public hearing on what the sector should be in this country.

“We know we have policies on solid minerals as well as legislation. The federal government gave N30 billion to the ministry just to revamp the sector in the last four years but I think as a parliament, we should be able to contribute very meaningfully to ensuring that this sector, which is so important to us, given the kind of situation the oil industry is going through, is given attention," he said.

Lawan noted that the Senate has a lot of work to do to ensure that the mining sector is properly revamped and protected, especially since the situation of illegal mining is unacceptable.

“If there are any foreigners coming in their helicopters and on their feet to come and mine our resources without the necessary documentation, I think it is for us to ensure that our security agencies arrest them and prosecute them.

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“I believe that this Assembly, particularly this Senate, must be at the vanguard of reviewing the situation in the mining sector and what we need to do if there are gaps in terms of legislation,” Lawan said.

Legit.ng earlier reported that in the wake of rampant kidnapping throughout Nigeria, the Senate on Wednesday, October 2, resolved to take some drastic measures to finally put an end to the life-threatening menace posed by criminals.

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