17 Chinese Nationals Arrested In Osun State (Nigeria) For Illegal Mining

The Osun State Joint Task Force has arrested 17 Chinese nationals and 10 locals suspected to be illegal miners within the State.

Abdullahi Binuyo, the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Gboyega Oyetola, disclosed this on Sunday in Osogbo.

According to him, the suspects were arrested following a coordinated bunco in Ilesa and Ife areas of the State.

He said the miners are polluting Osun River with poisonous metals aside the economic leakages, thereby making it unsafe for human consumption and irrigation.

“We shall prosecute them and also confirm they pay compensation,” Binuyo said.

He noted that as a part of government’s economic reforms, solid mineral may be a major sector the State is exploring, adding that for these reforms to figure , it had been now imperative to prevent illegal mining and intensify enforcement activities.

The governor’s aide added that “The result’s what we are witnessing today.

“These people neither have genuine mining licences nor are they registered with the govt .

“What they claim to possess is Exploration Licences; that doesn’t permit them to mine the way they’re doing.

“So, we’ll prosecute them and make them pay damages.

“Apart from flouting government’s order to remain reception so on contain the spread of COVID-19, they need created environmental disaster for us by poisoning our river which may be a major public health concern.”

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