The Northern Province police spokesperson, CIP Alexis Rugigana says that the culprits were arrested following a tip-off from residents that reported illegal mining activities in the night.
He said, “These people had not a single license that allows them to do mining at that site. They once were given a license in 2018, but it has expired.”
The police took that occasion to remind all citizens that it is not allowed to carry out mining without the licenses required as illegal mining pollutes the environment, devalues the mining industry and minerals from Rwanda, and can cause occupational hazards including body toxins collapsing of mines.
CIP Rugigana adds that police is still looking for the person that had employed the 16. He is still at large.