Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
Osun State government has been urged to check the unwholesome activities of illegal miners in the state and bring perpetrators to book.
The Executive Director of Osun Mastermind, Dr Wasiu Oyedokun who addressed newsmen on the issue bordering on insecurity, said all hands must be on deck to check the menace before it gets out of hand.
His words: “We acknowledge the large extent of illegal mining in several communities in the state. While this has birthed fearful environmental concerns, it is also causing grave security concerns in the host communities and the state at large.
“The manpower driving the reckless illegal mining ongoing in those parts of the state have been sourced through fearful migration of questionable characters into the state. These artisans and workmen are known to be armed and violent in most cases and they have the potential of becoming terrorists in the state.
“We cannot continue to hope that this almost-manifesting terrorism tendencies will not become a complete collapse of security of lives in the state.
“We must take proactive measure to not only curb the influx of illegal miners into the state, but also ensure that we secure our state by putting permanent stop to the process of illegal mining that keeps attracting criminal elements into the state.”
While congratulating Wale Olokode on his recent promotion to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police, he said “we must also put it before him that the security threats in the areas of the state where illegal mining is ongoing and those other security threats like cultism and political thuggery scattered around the state, are tests of his mettle and capacity as a gallant Police officer.”
He said the Osun State Police command must rise to the occasion to ensure that the present threats to security does not become full blown problems that may turn the state inside out.
“We must not fold our arms and watch illegal mining attract Boko Haram and ISWAP members into the state,”he stated.