The Nigerian Safety and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Saturday, paraded 29 individuals arrested for allegedly collaborating in unlawful mining actions in varied areas in Imo State.
The state’s NSCDC commandant, Mr. Danjuma Elisha, who spoke with newsmen, mentioned the suspects have been arrested following a directive by Gov. Hope Uzodimma to rid the state off unlawful minners.
He mentioned that the arrests have been effected by a mixed efforts of the Navy, Police and the Federal Street Security Fee.
“We’re right here to make sure that we supply out the governor’s directive to its fullest by ensuring that the surroundings is protected for all.
“Unlawful mining is inflicting a adverse influence on the lives of individuals in Imo.
“It is without doubt one of the causes of landslide and heavy flooding, so we won’t enable it to occur once more,” he mentioned.
Chatting with newsmen, Kelechi Nwokocha, one of many suspects, pleaded for forgiveness including that he has been within the enterprise for seven years, NAN reviews.
“I used to be arrested at Worie River at Nekede Previous street.
“I’m conscious that we’re doing unlawful enterprise and our mining actions are inflicting adverse influence on the surroundings.
“If I’m given a second probability, I’ll by no means return to unlawful mining once more,” he mentioned.