Alake reveals receiving threats for asserting that influential individuals in Nigeria are linked to the perpetuation of banditry.


Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, revealed that he faced threats for asserting that influential Nigerians are involved in banditry linked to illegal mining in the country. During a visit to the explosion site in Ibadan, Oyo State, Alake expressed his resilience, emphasizing the need to speak out on such matters.

Alake stated, “I did say categorically to the whole world that powerful Nigerians are behind the banditry associated with illegal miners in this country.” Despite receiving threats, he remained steadfast, noting that the issue was not new and had been acknowledged by many. Alake emphasized the societal nature of the problem, cutting across various strata, and highlighted the application of both kinetic and non-kinetic strategies to address the issue.

He disclosed that the Federal Government is collaborating with stakeholders at the state, local government, and host community levels to curb the activities of illegal miners. Alake also pointed out the challenges posed by well-funded and well-armed bandits, sponsored by influential individuals, who laid mines against ground forces.

Regarding the Ibadan explosion, which resulted in casualties and property damage, Alake urged caution in making pronouncements until all forensic analyses and investigations from security agencies were thoroughly examined. He emphasized the government’s commitment to relying on authentic forensic reports to make informed judgments, avoiding presumptuous and misleading statements.

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