Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has Friday revealed the different communities bandits are mining gold in Yoruba land.
Gani Adams who was interviewed by newsmen, noted that bandits have taken over Owo, Oluse village in Ondo state, and other south west States and have been mining their gold illegally.
Speaking expressly, ,he opined that Ondo state government and others cannot enter the forest. He authoritatively noted that the bandits are being furnished with guns and food with helicopter.
His words: “As I am talking to you, do you know that our precious gold is being mined illegally by some bandits in Owo, Oluse village?
“Helicopter will come from sky and drop gun and food items for them. The Ondo state government cannot enter the forest.
“The Owo people cannot enter that forest. As I am talking to you some illegal miners are mining our gold at Ilesha and Ile-Ife. Do you know degenerated to crises of kidnapping in Ibarakpa?
“They were mining solid minerals at Igangan. That was one of the resources that gave Wakili more money to be more powerful to buy guns that led to kidnappings. They started from one place and eventual settled with kidnappings.
“There is this community in Oyo, beside Ago-Are…they call it Ira-Woli community. They are mining solid minerals there as I am talking to you. In Ijere too, they are mining our solid minerals as I am talking to you.
“These are the resources that the generations unborn should use to survive to build a very good society that we will be proud of.
“By the time you allow foreigners to come and take all your resources away, what would you leverage on in another 30 years[b]. No Yoruba person can go to Zamfara and mine their gold.
“Apart from that, the issue of insecurity is highly germane in Yoruba land. Not only Fulani herdsmen. I am telling you authoritatively. We have some of our Yoruba persons that are more criminally element in Yoruba land. We have to look at external forces and internal forces to make sure we sanitize Yoruba land”, he said.