By Sunday Akintoye
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Saturday, paraded 29 persons arrested for allegedly participating in illegal mining activities in various locations in Imo State.
The state’s NSCDC commandant, Mr. Danjuma Elisha, who spoke with newsmen, said the suspects were arrested following a directive by Gov. Hope Uzodimma to rid the state off illegal minners.
He said that the arrests were affected by a combined efforts of the Military, Police and the Federal Road Safety Commission.
“We are here to ensure that we carry out the governor’s directive to its fullest by making sure that the environment is safe for all.Illegal mining is causing a negative impact on the lives of people in Imo.
“It is one of the causes of landslide and heavy flooding, so we will not allow it to happen again,” he said.
Speaking to newsmen, Kelechi Nwokocha, one of the suspects, pleaded for forgiveness adding that he has been in the business for seven years, NAN reports.
“I was arrested at Worie River at Nekede Old road.I am aware that we are doing illegal business and our mining activities are causing negative impact on the environment.
“If I am given a second chance, I will never go back to illegal mining again,” he said.