Oyo State Shuts Down Market, Arrests 32 in Crackdown on Illegal Lithium Mining

Oyo State Government arrests 32 individuals, including two Chinese nationals, for illegal lithium mining in Sooro Market, Kishi. The market is closed indefinitely as the government investigates and vows to take action against illegal mining activities.

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Oyo State Shuts Down Market, Arrests 32 in Crackdown on Illegal Lithium Mining

Oyo State Shuts Down Market, Arrests 32 in Crackdown on Illegal Lithium Mining

The Oyo State Government has taken decisive action against illegal lithium mining activities in the Sooro Market, Kishi, Irepo Local Government Area, by arresting 32 individuals, including two Chinese nationals, and closing the market indefinitely.

Why this matters: The crackdown on illegal lithium mining in Oyo State highlights the growing concern over the environmental and economic impacts of unregulated mining activities in Nigeria. It also underscores the need for effectivegovernance and regulation to prevent the exploitation of natural resources by foreign interests.

The crackdown came after the state Deputy Governor, Bayo Lawal, ordered the closure of the market and the immediate evacuation of all illegal structures and shanties erected within the market premises and surrounding areas housing precious stones. The joint security task force, in collaboration with traditional leaders, worked together to restore peace and order in the area.

Col. James Oladipo Ajibola, Director-General of Operation Burst, announced the arrests following a critical security stakeholders' meeting at the Deputy Governor's Office in Ibadan. "About 32 illegal miners, including two Chinese migrants, were arrested at the Kishi-Sooro market and are currently undergoing investigation," Ajibola stated.

The Oyo State Government has vowed to take stringent actions against individuals involved in illegal mining across the state and has urged indigenes to refrain from colluding with illegal miners. CP Sunday Odukoya, Executive Assistant on Security to the State Governor, emphasized, "We just had an intensive meeting on security over the illegal mining happening in Oke-Ogun, especially in Sooro in Irepo Local Government. The government has taken its position which means that everybody has to stand up to their responsibility to ensure adequate peace in the region."

The closure of Sooro Market and the arrests of suspected illegal miners highlight the Oyo State Government's commitment to combating illegal mining activities and maintaining peace and order in the region. The market will remain closed until further directive from Governor Seyi Makinde as the government continues its investigation into the matter.

The Iba of Kishiland, Oba Mashoud Lawal, and other community leaders, including the Chairman of Kishi Progressive Union and Bobajiro of Kishiland, Bioku Abdul-Rahman, have expressed appreciation for Governor Seyi Makinde's efforts in tackling insecurity and have pledged to support the government in the fight against illegal mining activities.

Key Takeaways

  • Oyo State Government arrests 32 individuals, including 2 Chinese nationals, for illegal lithium mining.
  • Sooro Market in Kishi, Irepo LGA, closed indefinitely due to illegal mining activities.
  • Government vows to take stringent actions against illegal miners and collaborators.
  • Joint security task force and traditional leaders work together to restore peace and order.
  • Market to remain closed until further directive from Governor Seyi Makinde.