Six die in clash at Nigerian mine site

Plateau state on map

The police have confirm the death of six local miners at a mining site on Wednesday in Plateau State, North-central Nigeria.

The state commissioner of police, Peter Ogunyanwo, told PREMIUM TIMES in Jos on Thursday that the clash involving two rival groups, occurred in Gero village in Gyel district of Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

He said some suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident for further investigations.

“Some miners clashed yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon in Gero, Jos South as a result of which six people died. The police swung into action and arrested a number of suspects,” Mr. Ogunyawo said.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that security agents have taken over the mining site to prevent further loss of lives.

A witness, Chuwang Dung, who said he escaped death in the clash, said the fighters were armed youth.

“I escaped being killed by youth from our neighbouring village who were running after us in a mining site. They were holding cutlasses, daggers and sticks. I escape by the grace of God,” Mr. Dung said.

Local miners make brisk business mining Columbine from excavations in Jos South, Barkinladi, Riyom and some part of Bassa local government areas of Plateau state.


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  • nnanque

    This is a clear example of the imballance and injustice in Nigeria today. This mine like all mines including gold mines, diamond mines etc located in the North is supposed to be the property of the Federal government thereby earning foreign exchange like the oil of the niger delta. Instead the Federal government has pretended that these mines don’t exist because they are left under the control of the northern oligarchs and this has often led to frequent clashes leading to occassional loss of lives . If these foreign currency -earning mineral resources could be left in the hands of the northern oligarchs why can’t they live the petroleum in the niger delta to the niger deltans???

    • zangar

      Your comment is true. Mineral resources in the south are federal property, while those in the north are personal property.