Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has disclosed that bandits have taken over Yorubaland and they are mining gold.
Gani Adams spoke with Vanguard where he made the submission that some bandits have taken refuge in the forest at Oowo, Oluse village where they have been carting away with the gold in the forest. He noted that the bandits are sophisticated with their weaponry and helicopters for protection that has made the Owo people and the state government powerless against them.
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He said: “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.