SWITZERLAND, MAY 17
The President of Miners Association of Nigeria, MAN, Kabir Kankara, on Sunday, demanded that the 17 illegal Chinese miners arrested in Osun State should be handed over to the federal government for prosecution.
Recall that the Osun State Government announced the arrest of 27 illegal miners in the State on May 3, 2020. Those apprehended include 17 Chinese nationals and 10 locals, including a traditional ruler.
Kankara voiced his concern over the refusal of the state’s joint task force to release the culprits to the federal government. He pointed out that the issue was a Ministry affair as solid minerals belong to the Exclusive List of the 1999 Constitution.
The miners’ boss noted that although they were apprehended in Osun State, the state does not possess the constitutional powers to keep or prosecute them.
He said: What has happened in Osun state is a clear indication that things have been going wrong and God has started exposing them. I am in support of what the Honourable Minister is doing, that they should be prosecuted according to the law
“I demand that the Chinese should be released to the federal government for prosecution by the joint task force of Osun state. Because this is a federal government affair, the solid minerals is under the exclusive right of the federal government.
“It is under the purview of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development. It doesn’t mean because they caught them that they should not hand them over. I demand they should hand them over to the Ministry for prosecution because it is not a state affair.”
Kankara also said that the association and Nigerians cannot allow illegal foreigners to collaborate with unpatriotic Nigerians in the country to steal and cart away the commonwealth that belongs to all citizens of the country.
He added that the miscreants should be dealt with accordingly as they are out to sabotage the efforts of Federal Governments aimed at diversifying the economy and generating revenue from the solid minerals sector for national development.
“We cannot just fold our hands and allow foreigners to come and loot our commonwealth and go out with our treasures and get away with it. All the Nigerians who are collaborating with them should also be prosecuted, not just the Chinese alone but all those who are involved should be prosecuted”, he said.