By Henry Umoru
The Senate was told Tuesday that private jet owners in the country were responsible for the high incidence of illegal gold smuggling off the coast of Nigeria.
This was announced in Abuja yesterday at an investigative hearing of $ 9 billion in annual loss from illegal mining and smuggling of gold, by Senator Tanko Al-Makura, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Nasarawa South, Senate Committee on Solid Minerals, Mines, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Minister of State for Mining and Steel Development, Dr. Uche Ogah, claimed that private jet owners were masterminds of illegal mining in Nigeria because they were collaborators.
Ogar, who complained about the rate of illegal mining in the country, said all efforts to end the threat had failed because the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, had no powers to inspect private jets in the early 1980s as a result of the end of the military regime’s policies of indiginization 1970s.
Ogah, who called for the death penalty as a punishment for criminals, said: “Gold smuggling in Nigeria is often done by private jets, precisely the reason why private jet ownership and operation in the country need to be streamlined.”
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