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  • Updated: January 20, 2024

Ibadan explosion: Lagos vows to prosecute illegal miners

Ibadan explosion: Lagos vows to prosecute illegal miners

The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, has vowed to enforce laws against illegal mining and dredging and prosecute their violators in the state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Energy and Mineral Resources, (Office of Mineral Resources), Abiola Olowu, made the promise in a statement on Friday, adding that the ministry had commenced a visitation exercise across the state.

Olowu stated, “As part of the drive to curb illegality in the solid minerals, mining sectors, toll fee, and revenue points, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Office of Mineral Resources has commenced a scheduled visitation exercise to all the dredging, mining, toll and revenue points across the five divisions of Lagos State.

“The exercise which commenced on Monday, January 8, 2024, was targeted at curbing illegalities in the solid minerals and mining sectors across the state to a minimal level.

“The Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration will begin enforcement of all relevant laws guiding mining and dredging activities in the state.

“Anyone caught violating the set rules, laws, and guidelines of the dredging and mining in the state will be prosecuted. Therefore, we urge all the dredgers and miners across the state to obtain all necessary permits and regularise their operations with the Office of Mineral Resources.”

Lagos Government gave the directive after an explosion that occurred in Ibadan on Tuesday due to the activities of illegal miners which claimed no fewer than four lives.

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