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Collapsed mining quarry kills six in Jos

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ABOUT six persons are feared dead at a mining quarry in Zawan town of Jos South Local Government Area in Plateau State.

The victims met their death in the pit when it collapsed while over 50 persons were inside. But others were rescued with various degrees of injuries.

Confirming the incident to newsmen yesterday, while describing it as “sad and unfortunate,” Member Representing Jos South Constituency in Plateau State House of Assembly, Gwottson Fom said that the ages of the victims were aged 20-27 years.

According to the lawmaker, the victims caused their deaths by engaging in illegal activity.

“We know that these young persons died carrying out an illegal activity but it is obvious unemployment led them into doing it. People go out of their way to do things considered illegal just to fend for themselves and their families.

This is not time to apportion blames but it is sad and unfortunate that a community will lose six youths in a day. If people must engage in mining activities, they should do it the right way. They must ensure they are licensed to do it,” he said.

But an indigene of the community, Emmanuel Gyang, blamed the deaths on government’s neglect of the minerals which he said caused residents to begin to ‘help’ themselves with their natural resources.

Speaking further, Gyang described the incident as devastating, saying that it was the first of such incident in the community.

Similarly, Ogun Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) yesterday, said that three persons died while four others sustained injuries in an accident that happened around Kara Market on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, Clement Oladele, told newsmen in Ota, Ogun, that the accident occurred at about 11.00 p.m, involving a Mazda bus with registration number JJJ-417-XX that lost control due to speeding and skidded into the bush while somersaulting.

According to him, 14 passengers were in the bus when the crash occurred.

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