The Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals Development, Olamilekan Adegbite has made it known that some Governors are behind the theft of national resources through illegal mining.
Adegbite made this known on Friday. His allegation was backed by Senator Tanko Almakura, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Solid Minerals, Mines, Steel Development and Metallurgy during an interactive session yesterday.
Adegbite further claimed that the Governors behind illegal mining also provide escorts for the illegal miners.
“When they (governors) send the people to go and do this, yes, they need the police. What do you expect a mining officer to do when the state government is backing this illegal mining?” Adegbite asked.
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