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Ibadan Explosion: Monarchs, Local Authorities Mobilized against Foreign Illegal Miners, Insecurity

The Oyo State Government has issued a directive to all 33 local government chairpersons, alongside traditional rulers and chiefs, to eliminate illegal miners, bandits, and land grabbers within their respective jurisdictions. This move comes in response to a recent explosion in Ibadan attributed to an alleged illegal miner storing explosives at home, resulting in casualties and property damage.

The government emphasized its zero-tolerance stance towards crime and pledged to safeguard the lives and property of citizens, reiterating its commitment to maintaining the state’s reputation as one of the safest in the country.

During a closed-door meeting with local government officials, chaired by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Olusegun Olayiwola, security concerns were extensively discussed. Illegal mining, land grabbing, and banditry were identified as critical areas needing immediate attention.

Local government chairpersons were tasked with assuming responsibility for security within their areas, leveraging their authority as Chief Security Officers. They were urged to collaborate with traditional leaders and security committees to apprehend perpetrators and prevent further incidents.

To address the security challenges effectively, local government chairpersons are mandated to convene monthly joint security meetings and submit reports to the ministry. The state government has also called on royal fathers to expose individuals with ties to illegal mining for prompt action.

The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria assured the government of heightened security surveillance to ensure the safety of citizens and attract investment. Additionally, citizens were urged to prioritize security as a collective responsibility, emphasizing the importance of community involvement in maintaining peace and order.

IMAGE: Tribune online

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