Jan 25, 2022

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Updated: Nigerian Army Reacts as Report Claims 2 Soldiers, 7 Miners Die in Gun Battle Over ‘N70m Gold Nuggets’ – Legit.ng

  • The Nigerian army has rejected a media report alleging that two soldiers and seven miners were killed in a dispute over gold nuggets in the village of Magama, Katsina state
  • In a post shared on their official Facebook page, the army described the media report as falsified and unfounded
  • The army discovered that the troops stationed in the northwest are engaged and engaged in the fight against banditry and other crimes that plague this region

Katsina State – A Daily Nigerian report said two Nigerian soldiers and seven illegal miners were killed in a clash over huge gold nuggets in Magama, a border village in the Jibiya local government area of ​​Katsina state.

The coll oß happened, according to the newspaper, on Wednesday, January 5th, around 6:00 p.m. after huge gold nuggets were discovered in one of the open-cast mines that were dug by artisanal miners.

The approximately 40 illegal miners, who were also armed, paid the soldiers the sum of 500,000 N per pit before they were allowed to start mining.

How it happened

An insider who survived the clash told the newspaper:

“When the soldiers saw the giant nuggets that miners discovered, they insisted it was shared equally with them. “

” When the miners insisted they wouldn’t part with the nuggets or pay more – apart from the N 2.5 million they paid for the five Paid pits – the soldiers started shooting in the air. ”

The Nigerian army reacts

In response to the report, Nigerian Army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu described it as bogus and unfounded.

In one on their official Statement posted on Facebook page urged the army to ignore the fake news as it is used to denigrate Nigerians Army troops who work tirelessly to ensure sanity and peace are returning to the northwest region.

Read the full statement below:

“The attention of The Nigerian Army was drawn to an online publication by Daily Nigeria.com dated January 9, 2022, alleging that 2 soldiers and 7 illegal miners were killed during an arms duel resulting from a disagreement over gold nuggets in the village of Magama, Jibia LGA, Katsina state.

“According to the publication, the incident occurred when the soldiers turned down an originally agreed offer of 500,000 naira per pit from the miners, but then turned to ask for more money for the discovery of the large amount of gold nuggets who found illegal miners in one of the pits.

“The Nigerian Army would like to make it clear that this story is unfounded, unfounded, untrue and a mere invention of the author’s imagination aimed at building the reputation to damage the Nigerian army, since on January 5, 2022 no Nigerian soldier was killed or involved in a skirmish with illegal miners in the village of Magama in the northwest and is engaged in the fight against banditry and other criminality that plague this region. < / blockquote>

“Aside from staging disrepute, fake news like this has the potential, i To lower the morale of the fighting troops, undermine their will to fight and undermine all operations. This is certainly not what the troops are asking for at this critical time.

“The general public is therefore urged to ignore the fake news as it was invented to denigrate the Nigerian Army troops who work tirelessly to ensure sanity and peace returns to the Northwest Region. We assure the public of the relentless commitment of our troops to resolutely counter the threat posed by the bandits in the Northwest. “

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One of the O. The officer who has been promoted to the rank of Brigadier General is Ojogbane Adegbe, a former ADC to Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

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According to the army, the entire site and IEDs have been successfully evacuated since residents can go about their normal activities.