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  • Updated: February 25, 2024

Oyo governor announces arrest of illegal miners, factory shut down

Oyo governor announces arrest of illegal miners, factory shu

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has announced the arrest of illegal miners at a facility in Idi-Ayunre, Oluyole Local Government Area of the state.

Makinde who made the disclosure on Saturday in a statement said the operation came as part of ongoing efforts to prevent incidents like the January 2024 Bodija explosion, which resulted in casualties and property damage.

The governor ordered the arrest of four persons suspected to be operating at the site, noting that they operated against the approved licence secured from the government for business operations in the state.

“In our efforts to prevent a recurrence of the Bodija Incident, we were at Idi-Ayunre, following a tip off about a facility which was being used to process illegally mined minerals.

“I can report that those involved have been arrested and are in custody and we are working to prosecute them.

“Our government has also taken over the facility pending the investigations and prosecution.

“We were able to apprehend the culprits because the government and citizens worked together in a timely manner to bust their operations.

“Let me take this opportunity to report that we are still trying to extradite the Malians indicted in the Bodija Incident who are on the run.

“We are having difficulties because Mali pulled out of ECOWAS. We will continue to deploy diplomatic means to ensure they are brought to book.

“Please continue to support our efforts to rid our State of illegal activities."

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