Tackle illegal miners devastating Osun, Ekiti
AN outcry by affected communities on the activities of illegal miners in Osun and Ekiti states calls for concern.
Illegal miners have reportedly invaded large tracts of land, chasing away farmers, degrading the soil and depriving communities and the public treasury of the benefits of their natural resources.State.Gov poll: Police beefs up security in Osun ahead of Supreme Court judgement “Let us work towards that and pray.Saturday’s Ekiti gubernatorial election.
The two South-West states should act quickly to avoid the grave consequences associated with unregulated mineral exploitation.Reports paint heart-wrenching pictures of the depredation going on in gold-rich communities like Idoko, Ibala, Itagunmodi, Iponda, Araromi, and urban neighbourhoods in the Ijesa heartland, Osun State.Some parties including the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Segun Oni, alleged that some residents were being paid in Ado-Ekiti, Oye to vote for some political parties.Illegal miners dislocated from Zamfara by the military onslaught and other predators are said to have descended like locusts on Arimoro and Isale General areas of Ilesa – and rural communities across Obokun, Atakumosa East, Atakumosa West, and Oriade local government areas.“I appreciate God that the 3 years and a half we were able to deliver infrastructure among others.Similar havoc is underway at Ijero LGA, Ekiti State, where unlicensed artisans drill for gold, limestone, columbite, tourmaline stone and other mineral deposits in contravention of the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act, 2007, and the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Regulation, 2011.“Osun is not Ekiti as our people will lawfully resist all attempts to rob them as was done in 2018.As seen in the Zamfara implosion, illegal mining, if not tamed, would inexorably culminate in violent crimes such as banditry and terrorism.“They were both accosted at a polling unit in Ado Local Government Area and not Ikere-Ekiti Local Government as alleged in the report.
Stamping it out is therefore crucial.” Recall that the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner of Osun election on March 22, 2018.If they are sharing governorship slot, it will be difficult for this town to get it.Illegal mining has been blamed as a main trigger for the explosion in banditry in Zamfara that has spread all over the North-West.The state government estimates that there are over 30,000 bandits/terrorists/kidnappers in Zamfara alone.Related Topics:.Security agencies confirm that the bandits have forged close alliances with Islamist terrorist groups.This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.Osun State should therefore swing into action to stop criminality and the despoliation of its natural resources.“The NSCDC is a noble organization with credibility and professional orientation, hence, its personnel cannot be moved by any monetary inducement.
The government must identify and punish traditional rulers and community leaders allegedly colluding with illegal miners.Some are reportedly forcibly seizing and selling people’s farmland to Chinese, Malians, and Nigerien nationals.These are also said to front for politically connected individuals who collaborate with foreign corporations; stolen gold is routinely smuggled to the United Arab Emirates through neighbouring Niger and Togo.Frequent seizures of gold from Nigeria by Nigerian and Emirati customs anti-smuggling units attest to the thriving illegal business.Osun and Ekiti governors should demonstrate responsible leadership by halting the unconscionable plunder.
They should protect the people from the concomitant harassment and criminality unleashed on the communities by the illegal miners.Flush with money and firearms, illegal miners constitute a potent threat to the state and the entire Southern region.Allegations that several culprits and their collaborators were freed after arrest should be probed and the necessary sanctions applied.Nothing has been heard about the prosecution of 17 Chinese, 10 locals and one community leader arrested on May 4, 2020, by the Osun State Amotekun Corps in Ilesa and Ile- Ife areas.Decisive action taken today would avert a replay of the 2010 lead poisoning saga in Zamfara in which over 500 children died.
The tragedy was attributed to unregulated gold mining activities.Experts say this could lead to long-term health problems such as permanent learning and behavioural problems and brain damage.According to studies, illegal explorations result in the formation of sinkholes, contamination of soil, ground, and surface water pollution, and loss of biodiversity.The economic loss is also enormous; it causes poor soil fertility and limits access to land for agriculture.Related News.
Don't we have governors in those states ni? And they allowed things like this to be happening in their respective states. 🤦 So from illegal refinery to illegal miners ,this is nothing but greed Chinese are not illegal in southwest. You only need to find out those behind them. Don't quote me. Them talk am say kabiesi is involved.
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