Illegal Gold Mining: Nigerian Army Clears Air on Involvement

The illegal gold mining controversy in the country sparked several implications, including fingers pointing at the Nigerian Army and their involvement in the whole act.

This time, the stories circulating parts of Katsina State about the soldiers partaking in a recent gunfight triggered over gold nuggets in areas like the Magama village in Jibia Local Government Area, LGA of the State.

However, in a recent statement issued by Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director, Army Public Relations, the NigerianArmy quickly discarded the information that its men were involved in the gun duel over gold illegally acquired.

The Director, Army Public Relations, who stated that the soldiers knew nothing on Sunday about the incident, said the publication in some media stated that the clashing took place when soldiers turned down an initially agreed offer of N500,000 per pit from the miners.

He said the soldiers, aside from rejecting the bribe, did not request more payment from the artisanal miners as indicated on the various media platforms that published the content.

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