The Maye of Yoruba land, Dr. Ramon Adedoyin, has warned illegal gold miners to desist from the act.
He spoke against the backdrop of widespread kidnapping and insecurity allegedly caused by the incursion of illegal gold miners in the Southwest and particularly in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Adedoyin, who spoke during a meeting of Royal Brothers’ Club of Ife, told illegal gold miners to leave Ife, and by extension Osun State, saying he would not mind personally arresting the perpetrators and hand them to law enforcement agents.
He noted that the gold being illegally mined in Ife and Ijesa land belonged to the people and as such should be used for the good of all rather than by few illegal miners and their godfathers.
The Maye urged the Ife Development Board to be alive to its responsibilities, and wondered why the board had kept silent for so long on the matter. According to him, revenue generated from the sale of gold could be used to develop Ife.
Adedoyin noted that no single individual, be it a king or ’emese’ is bigger than the people. He enjoined Ife citizens, whose land had been taken over by illegal miners, to write their petitions to the Office of the President, Royal Brothers’ Club of Ife.