A civil society group, Better Nigeria for All (BNA) has called on the Director General of Osun State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun, Comrade Amitolu Shittu to release the highly-placed persons behind illegal mining in the state.
The group in a statement on Friday through its Osun State Coordinator, Comrade Adenuja Kolapo and Secretary, Comrade Alamu Adewale challenged the state Amotekun DG to display bravery which he is known for by pronouncing the perpetrators publicly.
BNA said it is an act of promoting crimes when security chief like the Osun Amotekun DG could be protecting the personalities involved in illegal mining in the state.
“It is surprising to us that a fearless comrade like Amitolu Shittu could be toying with security and protection of natural resources of Osun” the group said.
“We demand immediate pronouncement of the perpetrators in oder to ensure that they are handed over to police for proper investigation, interrogation and prosecution”
Recall, the Osun Amotekun DG in an interview with The Nation on Thursday said “We have arrested 26 Chinese nationals. All the arrests we have made, including those of Malians, Ghanaians and Nigeriens, are 36. We have handed over the suspects to the police.
The DG, however, disclosed that those “behind illegal mining are powerful people in Nigeria: ministers, senators, former governors, big men in the society.
“I am not afraid to say this. Nigeria cannot be a better country if all of us are not interested in good attitudes and conducts.”
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