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Breaking: 30 trapped as mining site collapses in Niger [VIDEO]

A Minna pit has collapsed in Galadima Kogo in Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger state where one person has been confirmed dead and 30 workers trapped inside the pit.

It was learnt that the site manager, Alhaji Ibrahim Ishaku, is among the trapped workers while six others have been rescued alive.

The accident is said to have been caused by heavy downpour on June 3, 2024 which also made rescue efforts difficult.

In a statement confirming the accident in Minna on Tuesday, the Director General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Alhaji Abdullahi Baba Arah, said rescue efforts are further hampered by the difficult environment and banditry activities.

He said, “Nsema received a report of mining pit collapse at Galkogo village of Shiroro LGA.
The mine site belongs to a company named “African Minerals and logistics limited.” The cause of the collapsed was as a result of the rainfall impacts that soften the soil”.

He explained that rescuers have to run for their lives as the mine pit kept falling inside.

He said, “Due to the unacceptable nature of that environment as a result of banditry, the information of the incident is very scanty, including rescue operations. Meanwhile, excavators have been deployed for the rescue operations”.

However, a resident who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “one person has been confirmed dead, six people were rescued with severe injuries, while about 30 people including the site manager, Alh Ibrahim Ishaku are still trapped as of yesterday being Monday”.

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