Oyo Goes Tough on Illegal Mining

By Anuoluwapo Fasoyin

Oyo State Government has warned indigenes and residents of Kishi, Irepo local government area of the state, to distance themselves from activities that can disrupt security of lives and property in the area. 

Executive Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on security, CP Sunday Odukoya (retired) gave the warning after a meeting with the state deputy Governor, security stakeholders, traditional rulers and leaders from Kishi.

CP Odukoya’s warning followed an attack on some security operatives by some illegal miners in Sooro community of Kishi.

CP Odukoya said Oyo State government, in its proactiveness to eradicate activities of illegal mining, will not hesitate to deal with anyone who disrupts the peace of the state.

Contributing, Director-General, Operation Burst, Colonel Oladipo Ajibola, (retired), said collaborative efforts of traditional leaders and joint security taskforce enabled instant restoration of peace and order in Sooro community.

He added that thirty-two illegal miners including two Chinese migrants, were arrested and are undergoing investigations.

On his part, the Kishi traditional leader, represented by President of Kishi Indigene Union, Pharmacist Abdulrahman Bioku, assured readiness of Kishi Indigenes to support government in the fight against illegal mining activities.

Illegal miners and some hoodlums in Sooro community had over the weekend attacked some security operatives while raiding an illegal lithium mining market in the area

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