Oyo State authorities apprehend two Chinese nationals alongside 30 others for engaging in illegal mining

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In a swift response to reports of illegal mining activities, the Oyo State Government took decisive action, announcing the arrest of 32 individuals, including two Chinese nationals, for their involvement in illegal mining operations at Sooro market in Kishi, Irepo Local Government Area.

The Director-General of Operation Burst, Col James Oladipo Ajibola, made the announcement following a critical security stakeholders’ meeting held in Ibadan, the state capital. The crackdown came after the state Deputy Governor, Bayo Lawal, ordered the closure of the market during a clearance operation against illegal miners.

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Ajibola commended the collaborative efforts of traditional leaders and the joint security task force, which led to the swift restoration of peace and order in the area. He disclosed that the arrested individuals, including the Chinese migrants, are currently undergoing investigation.

Furthermore, the State Government reiterated its commitment to curbing illegal mining activities, warning that individuals involved would face severe consequences. Executive Assistant to the Governor on Security, retd CP Sunday Odukoya, emphasized the government’s resolve to deal decisively with anyone engaging in such unlawful practices.

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“We just had an intensive meeting on security over the illegal mining happening in Oke-Ogun, especially in Sooro in Irepo Local Government,” Odukoya stated. “The government has taken its position, which means that everybody has to stand up to their responsibility to ensure adequate peace in the region.”

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He also highlighted the assurance given by the traditional ruler of Kishi, Oba Mashoud Lawal, to eradicate criminal activities within his domain. Odukoya affirmed that the government would maintain peace in the area, reiterating that the market would remain closed until further directives from Governor Seyi Makinde.

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