The Osun State joint task force have arrested 17 Chinese and 9 Nigerians for illegal mining
The deputy chief of staff to the the governor, Abdullahi Binuyo , told the press that the illegal miners were arrested following a coordinated sting operation around Ife and illesa axis of the state
He said the illegal mining activities had polluted the Osun river with poisonous metals , thereby making it unsafe for irrigation and human consumption.
“No responsible government will fold its arms and watch its land being degraded by unauthorized persons”.
He added that apart from prosecuting the Chinese arrested , they will be made to pay compensation.
The director General of Amotekun, Amitolu Shittu in his response to the arrests warned that such activities will not be accepted in the country.
“We will not allow them to destroy Nigeria because of money, the JTF and Amoetekun are ready for battle.
“Above all, those who are into illegal mining should desist from such, no matter their position in the society.
“We cannot continue to keep quiet and watch them ruin the commonwealth of Nigeria”.
One of the Chinese suspects arrested , May Zam , said she wasn’t aware they were engaging in illegal mining activities, she said she thought the company had mining licenses.
She also stated that the company she works for has a Nigerian sponsor.