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Oyo govt investigates alleged Ibadan gold mining

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By Ojo Peter, Ibadan

The executive chairman, Oyo State Mineral Development Agency, Abiodun Oni, on Friday reacted to a viral video that filtered social media on Thursday regarding a purported illegal gold mining activity in Ibadan.

Oni, who issued a statement on the said video, noted that it would be subjected to proper scrutiny to ascertain it authenticity.

The governor’s aide emphasised that the information contained in the video, the source of which is not yet ascertained, would be investigated thoroughly.

The video had shown a particular location where the illegal mining was ongoing that the Fulani were the ones behind the activities until they were allegedly sent packing by indigenes of the area.

Oni said the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde which was committed to improving the economy of the state would not fold its arms and allow unscrupulous elements derail his determination of taking the state out of poverty to prosperity. He added that the peace and security being enjoyed by citizens and residents of the state would not be allowed to be jeopardised by those hellbent on creating a chaotic atmosphere in the state.

Hon Oni called on anyone with useful information on the alleged illegal mining to come up with verifiable and incontrovertible information on the activity. 

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