No less than 17 Chinese men and 10 Nigerians have been arrested by men of the Osun State Joint Task Force for carrying illegal mining activities in the State.
He added that besides the economic damages caused, their illegal mining activities had left those communities with poisonous metals that were harmful to the biolife in and around the Osun River, thereby making activities like irrigation almost impossible.
The governor’s aide added that “The result is what we are witnessing today. These people neither have genuine mining licences nor are they registered with the government.”
“What they claim to have is Exploration Licences; that does not permit them to mine the way they are doing.
So, we will prosecute them and make them pay damages.”
“Apart from flouting government’s order to stay at home so as to contain the spread of COVID-19, they have created environmental disaster for us by poisoning our river which is a major public health concern.”