The Nigeria Army, yesterday, informed members of the public to disregard media reports that two soldiers and seven miners were killed during a gun duel arising from a disagreement over gold nuggets in Magama village in Jibia LGA of Katsina State.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, stated this in a statement yesterday.
He described the publication as baseless, unfounded, untrue and a mere figment of the writer’s imagination, aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the Nigerian Army.
The statement insisted that no Nigerian soldier was killed nor involved in any skirmish with illegal miners in Magama village on January, 5, 2022.
He added that troops deployed in the North West are committed and engrossed in the fight against banditry and other criminalities bedeviling the region.
He further added that soldiers deployed to fight insurgents are not permitted to participate in any form of mining, whether legitimate or illegitimate.
Onyema, who expressed his unhappiness over the publication, added that, “this is certainly not what the troops require at this critical time.
Recall that a report at the weekend, said two soldiers of the Nigerian Army and seven illegal miners have died after clash over huge gold nuggets at Magama, a border village in Jibiya local government area of Katsina State.
According to reports, reports that the clash occurred on Wednesday around 6p.m, after discovery of huge gold nuggets in one of the open-pit mines dug by the artisanal miners.