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17 Chinese Men, 10 Nigerians Arrested in Osun for Illegal Mining

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.

This was disclosed to newsmen on Sunday in Osogbo by Abdullahi Binuyo, the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Gboyega Oyetola.

Binuyo said the suspects were arrested following a coordinated impromptu operation in Ilesa and Ife areas of 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.

“We intend to prosecute them and also make sure they pay compensation,” Binuyo said.

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He added that for the economic reforms of the State to work, of which solid minerals were a major part, it was now imperative to stop illegal mining and step up enforcement activities.

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.”

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