Abdullahi Binuyo, the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Gboyega Oyetola in Osun State, Nigeria disclosed that seventeen Chinese nationals have been apprehended for alleged illegal mining in the state, amid lockdown.
In his words: “We intend to prosecute them and also make sure they pay compensation.”
He made the revelation yesterday (April 3) that the suspects were arrested following a well calculated sting operation in Ilesa and Ife areas of the State.
He revealed the miners have been polluting Osun River with poisonous metals aside the economic leakages. He said water from the river has become unsafe for human consumption and irrigation.
The Deputy Chief of Staff noted that solid mineral is a major sector in the state and paramount to the state’s economic reforms.