Olamilekan Adegbite, Minister of Mines and Steel Development claimed that some powerful individuals are pushing the Federal Government to release Chinese nationals arrested for illegal mining in Osun state.
According to him, the ongoing pandemic is the reason for increasing illegal gold mining activities in the country. He also accused some soldiers of aiding illegal mining.
The Chinese are the main culprits in the illegal mining activities and we are going to meet with the Chinese embassy. We are going to present all the facts to them so that it will not appear as if we are targeting them unfairly. The law is on our side and we must prosecute these people to serve as a deterrent.