The Akwa Ibom State Government has ordered a Chinese corporation, Ruitai, to halt further mining operations in the state until the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources has cleared it.
The order was issued by the state’s Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Uno Uno, during an unplanned inspection trip of the firm’s mining facility in Esuk Ikim Akeme village, Ibeno Local Government Area.
The commissioner was accompanied to the scene by his Ministry of Internal Security colleague. On Monday, Brig. Gen. Koko Essien (retired) spoke.
However, during a press conference on Tuesday, Uno stated that the inspection team uncovered black clay-like minerals in 50-kilogram sack sacks, which the miners classified as Titanium Ore.