The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Niger State command, on Tuesday, announced the arrest of 18 illegal miners in Bukuchi village of Bosso Local Government Area.
Mr Philip Ayuba, Commandant of the Corps in the state, made this known in an interview, in Minna.
Ayuba said that the suspects would soon be charged to court to serve as a lesson for others engaged in illegal mining activities.
He explained that already the command had developed comprehensive security strategies to confront the activities of illegal miners and other criminal activities in the state.
He said that plain security personnel had since being deployed to flash points of illegal mining and other criminal activities for their arrest and prosecution.
Ayuba solicited for the support of residents in providing useful information that would assist the security agencies to confront any form of security threats in the state.
The commandant said that such vital information would enable the command to check criminal and promote peaceful coexistence among the residents. (NAN)