Twenty people have been confirmed dead and fourteen others are still trapped following a mine collapse in the Galkago community, Shiroro district, Niger state. The tragedy, which occurred on Monday, was likely caused by heavy rains that weakened the soil. This information was provided by Shawulu Danmamman, the commissioner of Police for Niger State, who visited the site on Wednesday.

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Earlier, Hussaini Ibrahim, a spokesman for the state emergency service, reported that one person had died, several were injured, and 30 individuals, including the site manager, were trapped when the mining pit collapsed.

Commissioner Danmamman criticized the mining operators for neglecting safety measures and the welfare of their workers. During his inspection, he noted the absence of ambulances, medical kits, and emergency personnel on-site. He was accompanied by Bello Muhammad, the state commissioner of Homeland Security, and Garba Auna, the commissioner of solid minerals. A formal investigation into the accident has been initiated.




Victoria Ibiama