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Governor Ortom Suspends Mining Activities In Benue Over Rising Attacks

According to the governor, the activities of miners had started posing danger and threats to the peace of the state.

Governor Samuel Ortom has suspended mining activities in Benue State have been suspended by the State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

This was contained in a directive that the governor gave on Thursday after meeting with stakeholders from the Kwande local government area of the state.

He stressed that mining was already posing a threat to the peace in the state and Kwande local government area.

According to the governor, the activities of miners had started posing danger and threats to the peace of the state.

Ortom added that the state government would set up committees at the state, local government and ward levels to regulate the activities of the miners.

“All legal miners will henceforth register with the State Ministry of Land, Survey and Solid Minerals for profiling,” the governor disclosed.

“Recent events in Kwande local government area are posing danger and threat to peace in Kwande local government and the state in general and this is as a result of mining activities in the area.

“We know that there are some miners with licences from the federal government because it is the responsibility of the federal government to grant licences. We know that some of the miners don’t have licences; we have foreigners and indigenous ones among them.

“As a result of the danger the activities of the miners pose in the state, we hereby suspend all mining activities in the state including those with licence.”

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