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One Dead, Dozens Trapped As Mining Site Collapses In Niger State

A mining pit collapse in the Galkago community of Shiroro Local Government Area, Niger State, has resulted in one confirmed fatality, several injuries, and 30 individuals, including the site manager, being trapped.

This was contained in a statement by the Director General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency Abdullahi Baba’arah in Minna, the mining pit was reported to have collapsed around Monday afternoon.

No fewer than 30 persons including the site manager whose name was given as Ibrahim Isyaku are still trapped in the collapse pit. Rescue operation is made worse due to the presence of bandits within the general mining area.

However, authorities have deployed excavators to the mining site to remove debris and rescue those trapped.

Shiroro local government is blessed with abundant gold deposits in Niger. It is also the epicentre of banditry and terrorism activities in Niger State.

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