Army refutes reported involvement of soldiers in illegal gold mining

The Nigerian Army has debunked alleged involvement of soldiers during a gun duel, arising from a disagreement over gold nuggets in Magama village in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Army spokesman, Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement yesterday, described the media report as baseless, unfounded, untrue and a mere figment of the writer’s imagination, aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the army.

He said no soldier was killed or involved in any skirmish with illegal miners in Magama as reported.

“Contrary to the insinuations peddled by the online medium, Nigerian Army troops deployed in the North West are committed and engrossed in the fight against banditry and other criminalities bedeviling that region.

“They’re not permitted to participate in any form of mining, whether legitimate or illegitimate.

(NAN)

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