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Why Federal Taskforce raided Lagos dredgers in Ikorodu

Eight operators of dredging sites in Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland, were arrested by the officials of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development yesterday, Monday, January 29, 2018. The arrest was as a result of the recent directive to clamp down on illegal mining and evasion of royalties, InsideMainland learnt.

During the raid by the Special Mines Surveillance Task Force (SMSTF), consisting of the Mines Lagos Office and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), neither of the two companies, Oretol Nigeria Limited and PNC Synergy, both within the Ibeshe axis of Ikorodu, could show any document backing their operations or payment of royalties over the years.

Speaking on the development, a source at the Ministry said that Dr Kayode Fayemi, during their capacity-building workshop in Jos last week, mandated a clampdown on all illegal miners, including those who evade the monthly payment of royalties.

It was gathered that only 11 of the 41 companies operating in Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland, were said to have valid operating licenses and pay royalties, while the rest have operated over the decades without authorisation or royalties.

However, some of the operators who were arrested during the raid, claimed they have an operating license. They were however asked to tender their documents before the close of work yesterday alongside proof of payment of royalties.

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