The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, has disclosed that he has been receiving life-threatening messages after linking powerful and influential Nigerians to illegal mining activities in the country.
Alake made this revelation during a visit to the explosion site in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where a recent explosion resulted in casualties and extensive property damage.
Alake, who confirmed the threats during his visit, stated that he had openly spoken about the involvement of powerful individuals in banditry associated with illegal mining during budget defense sessions at the National Assembly.
He expressed that he was undaunted despite the threats, emphasizing the importance of shedding light on such matters based on intelligence reports.
As reported by Punch, the minister highlighted the widespread nature of the issue, asserting that the problem of illegal mining involvement extends across various strata of society, from high-ranking officials to the general populace.
“It is not an exclusive preserve of just a high hut. It cuts across the strata of the society. So, this is a societal problem, and I did say at that meeting at the budgetary defence that we were employing both kinetic and non-kinetic strategies and tactics to combine all of these. The details I won’t be able to reveal publicly now because that will also be un-strategic.”