At least five dead bodies out of the 45 illegal miners fear dead in the Kartee Gold Mines in Gboanipea, about 10 kilometers from Tappita District, Lower Nimba County have been recovered.
Latest report reaching the New Dawn from the county says local authority have deployed country devil [traditional mask dancers] in the mine to prevent further intrusion.
Earlier instructions from local authorities for people to vacate the mine had gone ignored.
The New Dawn gathers that illegal miners in their hundreds had converged on the Kartee Gold Mines to carry out illicit mining.
The illicit miners reportedly discharged single barrel guns in the mines to prevent state security from deploying in the area, something that has left local authorities with no alternative but to bring in the country devils, which have taken complete control of the mine, preventing intruders.
Report says 12 miners had earlier lost their lives in the same area prior to the latest incident.
The Kartee Gold Mines was ordered closed last month by
local authorities in Tappita following reports of mass
death of illicit miners. But the order was allegedly ignored.
The New Dawn also gathers that the 45 miners in question were
involved in underground mining activities, but this time around, they
were unable to come outside as they usually did in the mining
Though the reported death toll is alarming, no arrest have been made. Other illicit miners are now leaving the area due to fear for their lives.
Schools in Tappita and surrounding towns have been closed for some time now, as students have abandoned classes to go in search of gold, which they consider as fast money making commodity.
By Thomas Domah/Nimba –Editing by Jonathan Browne