Tuesday, May 30, 2023

NSCDC Seizes Trucks Carrying Precious Stones In Zamfara

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Zamfara has impounded some trucks carrying precious stones.

The Zamfara state commandant of NSCDC, Muhammed Muazu made this known to newsmen at a news briefing on Monday.

He spoke further that the trucks loaded with precious stones were intercepted in Gusau on their way to Sokoto with the drivers having no legal documents for security clearance.

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According to him, “We have no problem with the drivers or vehicles, rather the owners were to provide the necessary evidence that will permit them to engage in the business.”

He explained that a license to possess and purchase minerals, evidence of royalty payment, mineral title if the solid mineral is coming from a legal source, agent movement permit, and mineral buying centre certificate, are the requirements for every person or corporate body to take part in the transaction of any mineral deposits.

The NSCDC commandant further explained that the truck and its contents have been impounded by the federal government as the law stipulates since its documents are not presented.

He added that the trucks impounded and their drivers would be prosecuted if they failed within seven days to provide legal documents for engaging in the act.

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He advised truck drivers to desist from conveying any mineral resources except if the owner provided legal documents to them.

The NSCDC Commandant enjoined the National Union of Road Transport Workers to sensitize their members on the danger and legal implications of moving mineral resources without the necessary documents of the law by the Federal Ministry of Mining and Solid Minerals, saying that anybody caught will face the full wrath of the law.

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