One dead, dozens trapped at Nigerian mine

Dozens of workers are still trapped underground after a pit collapsed in central Nigeria, reported the BBC. The incident took place on June 6 after heavy rainfall.

Niger state emergency service agency spokesman Hussaini Ibrahim told the BBC that one person has been confirmed dead and they believe more than 30 people are still trapped as rescue efforts continue. 

“Rest assured, we will investigate the causes of the disaster to prevent a recurrence and ensure the safety of all Nigerians,” said Nigeria Minister of Solid Minerals Dele Alake, noting that officials from the Mines Inspectorate have been sent to the mining site in Galadima Kogo. 

The BBC noted that mining activities were banned last year in the Shiroro area, where the mine collapsed, along with neighboring districts, due to security and safety concerns.

Source: BBC

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