The federal government has agreed to trace massive illegal gold trafficking from Nigeria to Dubai in partnership with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Mr. Olamilekan Adegbite, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, confirmed this.
According to Adegbite, the Nigerian government is currently in the process of negotiating a bilateral deal with the UAE to have all gold entering Dubai from Nigeria inspected.
He noted that a huge quantity of gold was being moved from Nigeria illegally on a daily basis to Dubai, adding that the gold passed through UAE police freely unknown to them that royalties were not paid to Nigeria.
“The UAE collect their own charges on gold that arrived in Dubai airport but Nigeria government has told UAE to ask anyone entering Dubai with Nigeria gold to present a certificate of exportation got from Nigeria before allowing them to pass.
“We have agreed with UAE to seize any gold from Nigeria without a certificate of exportation; we told them that the value of the gold will be shared equally as an incentive for UAE to eradicate illegal exportation of gold from Nigeria to Dubai.
“All we expected from whoever that is traveling from Nigeria to Dubai with our raw gold is to pay a royalty to the Nigeria government and such person will be given a certificate of exportation.
“The certificate of exportation will be automatically integrated into the Nigeria Customs Services system, our law accepts exportation of gold but royalty must be paid,” he said.