On Thursday,Benue State Government suspended mining activities in the state.
The State Governor, Samuel Ortom, gave the directive at the meeting held with Kwande stakeholders at the new banquet hall, Government House, Makurdi.
He says the activities of miners had started posing threat to the peace of the state and that the state government would set up committees at state, local government and ward levels to regulate the activities of the miners.
“Recent events in the Kwande Local Government area is posing danger and threat to peace in council and the state in general and this is as a result of mining activities in the area.
We know that there are some miners with licenses from the federal government because it is the responsibility of federal government to grant licenses.
“We know that some of the miners don’t have licenses, we have foreigners and indigenous ones among them.
As a result of the danger the activities of the miners pose in the state, we hereby suspend all mining activities in the state including those with licenses.
The governor advised those who have licenses to register with the state Ministry of Land, Survey and Solid Minerals so as to profile them.