Powerful Nigerians are responsible for illegal mining, banditry and terrorism — Alake

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Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, has said that powerful Nigerians behind illegal mining are those sponsoring banditry and kidnappings in the country

Alake said this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Solid Minerals for the 2024 budget defence in Abuja on December 12

According to him, “One pernicious discovery that we have made is that a lot of these banditry, t£rrorism & insecurity that we associate with this sector are actually sponsored by illegal miners.

These are not your artisanal miners. They are not the people who pick gold on the ground. These are heavy and powerful individuals in our country & they are Nigerians. They are not foreigners. Yes, you can see foreigners as symptoms but they are not the disease.

Nigerians are the powers behind those foreigners that you see on the streets. We are identifying them & employing various strategies, both kinetic & non-kinetic.”


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