Six persons died as a mining pit collapse at Zawan Community in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau.
Mr Gwottson Fom, Member representing Jos South Constituency in the State House of Assembly confirmed the incident to News men.
Fom said the ages of the victims ranged from 20 to 27, describing the incident as “sad and unfortunate”.
A correspondent, who visited the area reports that many others sustained injury in the incident.
The lawmaker noted that the victims died engaging in illegal activity.
Fom called on illegal miners to desist from the act and engage in other acceptable ventures.
Earlier, Mr Emmanuel Gyang, an eye witness and Youth Leader in the community told NAN that the incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon.
Gyang described the incident as devastating, saying that it was the first of such incident in the community.
According to him, over 50 persons were inside the mining pit when it collapsed on them, while others were rescued with various degrees of injuries.