Police, experts react To Premium Times’ report on illegal mining in Osun communities

The Nigerian police authorities and some public health experts have reacted to a PREMIUM TIMES report on illegal gold mining activities in Osun State.

This newspaper on Sunday published how a large number of illegal miners pursued from Zamfara now carry out their unauthorised business in Osun, a state in South-west Nigeria.

While illegal mining in the state is not new, the influx of new entrants, including the Chinese, has increased mining activities endangering the environment. Their activities are aided by local chiefs and the police who capitalise on regulatory failures, PREMIUM TIMES investigation revealed.

With their collaboration, several hectares of forests have been damaged due to the activities of illegal gold miners in Ilesha, Itaagun, Ifewara and Ibodi areas of…

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