Kayode Fayemi FG summons 37 mine Officers over diversion of explosives

The Nigerian Army had revealed that some mine officers are supplying explosives to the Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups in the country.

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The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has recalled all Federal Mines Officers in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory over reports of illegal diversion of explosives.

In a statement issued by Mr Olayinka Oyebode, Special Assistant on Media to the Minister on Friday, August 5, in Abuja, the recall is with immediate effect.

Fayemi said this became imperative to strengthen the institutional capacity of the ministry to cooperate with the security agencies in ensuring the security of lives, environment and property in the country.

He said the call came barely 24 hours after the ministry blacklisted and withdrew the explosives licences of Delta-based company for the illegal diversion of explosives.

The Nigerian Army had revealed that some of the mining companies are supplying explosives to the Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups in the country.

According to the minister, all the affected officers are to report to the headquarters of the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development, Abuja for further directives on their next assignments.

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He said that letters to this effect had been dispatched to the state and zonal offices of the ministry nationwide.

According to Fayemi, the ministry will do everything possible to reposition the sector for effective service delivery.