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Five engineers, including two working for a German company, were arrested in Brazil on Tuesday as part of a probe into a deadly dam collapse last week at a mine in the country’s southeast, officials said.
Three of the engineers work for Vale, the owner of the mine, and were directly involved in the process of the facility’s operating licenses, the prosecutors’ office in the state of Minas Gerais said.
They were arrested in Belo Horizonte, the main city of Minas Gerais and close to where the Vale mine is situated, near the town of Brumadinho.
The other two worked for TUEV SUED, a German company that in September carried out the last safety inspection on the collapsed mine. They were in arrested in Sao Paulo.
They were in preventive custody which can last up to 30 days during which they would be questioned by prosecutors, a statement said. Search warrants had also been issued.
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The state prosecutors said their probe was “evaluating the criminal responsibility of the Vale company” in the disaster, which happened last Friday, killing at least 65 people and leaving 279 people missing presumed dead.
TUEV SUED issued a short statement confirming the arrest of its two employees in Brazil. “Due to the inquiries underway, we are not currently in a position to provide more information. We are fully supporting the investigation,” it said.
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AFCON 2021: Rohr task Eagles to do more.
Super Eagles started their AFCON 2021 qualifier Campaign with a win against Benin on tuesday at Uyo.
The Super Eagle coach Gernot Rohr has laud his team for their effort to ensure a victory after narrowly coming from behind to win 2-1 victory against Benin.
Nigeria is currently sitting first in group L, after Lesotho and Sierra Leone played out a 1-1 draw at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.
Goals from Lille tailsman Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu sealed the victory for the eagles.
Rohr believes his team has the potential to win all their matches as they visit the Crocodiles of Lesotho on sunday to continue their impressive start.
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