The Paramount ruler of Ijesaland in Osun state, South west Nigeria, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, has urged Governor Adegboyega Oyetola to ban illegal mining activities in Ijesaland and across the state.
Oba Aromolaran made the appeal when he led other monarchs on a congratulatory visit to Gov. Oyetola on his victory at the apex court in Osogbo, the state’s capital.
The monarch said the influx of illegal miners in the state had led to displacement of farmers, whose farm lands and landed property were being destroyed by the illegal activities of the miners.
“It is our hope that you will assist us to rid Ijesaland of the unwanted visitors in the guise of gold miners.
“Their influx into Ijesaland had been giving Ijesa people great panic, fear and embarrassment.
“We want you to put a ban on gold mining indefinitely,” the monarch said.
He promised that the traditional rulers would continue to lend their voices on things that will strengthen peaceful coexistence, unity and stability in the state.
In his response, Gov. Oyetola said his administration would not relent in its efforts to stamp out illegal miners from the state.