On Monday, illegal miners opened gunfire on three soldiers in Akparavuni while they were trying to put a stop the illegal activity in the area.
Recall that solders were deployed to curtail the activities of illegal miners at the Akpet, Biase Local Government Area (LGA) in the Cross River and have been on surveillance.
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A source in the area who craved anonymity told Vanguard that a team of illegal miners stormed the mining site in the wee hours of Monday to excavate kaolin and other precious stones said to be in large quantities in the area and when the soldiers intercepted them the miners opened fire on them gunning down three of them.
“The soldiers did not die but are in critical condition at the hospital. They were taken unawares by the miners in an ambush”
The source said last week the miners excavated forty bags of mineral stones from the area.
“Extensive portions of the land have been dug up by the miners leaving dangerous pits and booby traps everywhere which constitute a grave danger to the community members”
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Efforts to speak with Mrs Ada Egwu the Biase Local Government Chairman did not succeed as her phone number was unreachable.
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