Following the spate of criminality surrounding mining activities in Osun state, the state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola on Tuesday has read the riot act to the miners in the state.
He said he was ready to ban the activities if criminality traced to it is not curtailed immediately.
Oyetola while addressing some security stakeholders in Ijebu Jesa, said the only means to prevent his action was to curtail criminality around the activities in the state.
He, however, ordered that miners in the state must be registered before their activities could be allowed henceforth.
He said, “Today’s meeting is therefore intended to afford us all the opportunity to strategize to address the challenges and live in peace with our residents and neighbours. This is the proactive way to forestall the attendant crises and crimes that mining-rich communities experience.
“This initiative is a testament to the importance this administration places on the safety and security of our people. It is our policy to adopt a creative and a proactive approach to security and to respond with dispatch when security breaches occur.
“The activities of illegal mining vendors, if not checked, will shatter the safety, security and peace of our people as they are capable of engaging in untoward behaviours.
“Already, there is an upsurge in criminal activities in this area. We have of recent been battling with kidnapping, harassment of people, and indiscriminate shootings on the highway, all traceable to the nefarious activities of some of these illegal miners.”
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