Zamfara state police command has arrested two Chinese nationals identified as Wang and Chu, for their alleged involvement in illegal mining of Gold at Nasarawa Burkullu village in Kwali.
Confirming their arrest, the spokesperson of the state police command said the arrest followed a tip-off received by the police on April 19, that some persons including foreigners were engaged in illegal mining despite federal government’s ban on all mining activities.
They have been accused of going against the directive of the Federal government, that all mining activities be stopped in the state. The directive was issued on April 7th.
During the raid, illegal mining depots owned by the Chinese and Koreans were set ablaze and two mining labourers were arrested who confirmed that Chinese, Koreans and Burkina Fao nationals are among those involved in illegal mining in the area.
On April 25, information had it that Chinese and Bulkinabe nationals are taking shelter somewhere in Nasarawa Burkullu. On April 26, the Commissioner of Police led another team to the same village where two Chinese nationals were seen with all the chemicals necessary for making gold.
The two Chinese nationals Mr WANG and Mr. CHUN are being interrogated to get more information that could help the course of investigation,” he said.