NSCDC impounds 3 trucks carrying precious stones in Zamfara

Zamfara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), has impounded three trucks carrying precious stones in Gusau.

The Commandant, Muhammed Muazu, disclosed this to newsmen in Gusau on Monday. He said that the trucks, loaded with precious stones, were intercepted in Gusau on their way to Sokoto as the drivers had no legal documents for security clearance.

He said “we have no problem with the drivers or vehicles, rather the owners were to provide necessary evidence that will permit them to engaged in the business.”

The Commandant explained that , for any person or cooperate body to transact business on any mineral deposits, the person or company must meet up with following requirements –
License to posses 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 center certificate.

He maintained that if those documents were not presented, the drivers and whosoever that is involved would be prosecuted while the truck and its content impounded by the Federal Government as the law stipulates.

Muazu said the trucks impounded and their drivers have an ultimatum of seven days to provide legal documents for engaging in the act else they would be prosecuted.

The commandant warned trucks drivers to avoid conveying any mineral resources, except if the owner provides legal documents to them.
He called on the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to sensitize their members on the danger and legal implications of moving mineral resources without necessary legal documents from the Federal Ministry of Mining and Solid Mineral.

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