Minister of Solid Minerals, Dele Alake, Faces Threats over Explosive Revelations on Banditry and Illegal Mining Connection
In a disturbing turn of events, Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, has acknowledged receiving life-threatening messages in the aftermath of his remarks linking banditry to illegal mining in Nigeria.
The revelation came during his visit to the explosion site in Ibadan, where a devastating incident resulted in fatalities, injuries, and property damage.
Acknowledgment of Threats
Minister Dele Alake confirmed the disconcerting development, citing that the threatening messages intensified following his statements at the National Assembly about the involvement of influential individuals in illegal mining.
Unwavering Stance on Exposing the Truth
Undeterred by the threats, Alake reiterated his stance, emphasizing that his statements were based on intelligence reports and were not groundbreaking revelations.
He disclosed that the issue of influential figures backing banditry associated with illegal mining is a pervasive problem cutting across various societal strata.
Societal Problem Beyond High-Profile Individuals
Alake emphasized that the problem extends beyond exclusive involvement by high-ranking individuals, permeating various societal levels.
He underscored the need for both kinetic and non-kinetic strategies to combat the issue, assuring that the Federal Government is actively collaborating with stakeholders to address the challenges posed by illegal mining.
Strategic Collaboration with Stakeholders
The minister highlighted ongoing collaborative efforts with essential stakeholders at the state, local government, and host community levels to curb the activities of illegal miners.
He stressed the importance of involving host communities, citing their valuable knowledge of the terrain as a crucial factor in formulating effective security strategies.
Military Intervention and Security Challenges
Alake shed light on the security challenges posed by well-funded bandits with access to heavy weaponry, including laying mines to impede ground forces.
He emphasized the necessity of military involvement to counter these threats effectively.
As the situation unfolds, Minister Dele Alake remains resolute in addressing the complex issue at hand, balancing the need for strategic measures with the imperative of safeguarding the nation’s valuable resources and ensuring the security of its citizens.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn