From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
A Zamfara State licensed miner, Shamsuddeen Sani Dahiru has accused Talata Mafara Sole Administrator, Alhaji Abubakar Musa of illegally taking over his registered mining site in Sauna village in the State.
Briefing Journalists today in Gusau Zamfara State capital, Shamsuddeen, said he legitimately obtained certificate from the Mining Cadastre Office under Federal Ministry of Mines and Solid Minerals Development in 2017 and has duly renewed his license that conferred him rights to operate legally on the site.
According to him, “I was informed by the inhabitants surrounding the area that, they suddenly saw labourers in large number employed and embarked on clearing works of the mining site, that whether the work had my consent or it was merely trespass.
“I was shocked, and quickly rushed to the site and witnessed what I was eventually informed was real, later I learnt that even an excavator was mobilized to the site with a view to fast-track the illegalities”, Shamsuddeen has claimed.
Accosted for comment, the Sole Administrator of Talata Mafara, Alhaji Abubakar Musa, disputed claims that he illegally took over any registered mining site occupied by the personality of Shamsuddeen Sani Dahiru who legitimately obtained valid documents for the site.
Abubakar Musa, further said his administration had only facilitated the deployment of security personnel to the area with a view to strengthen the security of innocent lives and property as constitutionally expected of any ‘right thinking’ leader.
“As Sole Administrator, I received reports from the locals that, criminal activities including banditry were fast on increase, the reason I was compelled to intervene and facilitated the immediate deployment of security personnel to ensure total restoration of normalcy in the area”, Abubakar has contended.