3 Chinese, one other arrested in Ibadan over illegal mining 

Governor Seyi Makinde Saturday ordered the arrest of four persons including 3 Chinese and one other suspect for operating illegal mining factory in Ibadan.

The governor gave the order during  an unscheduled inspection tour to the factory processing and packaging lithium out of the state as the state government shut down the place at Idi Ayunre area of Ibadan. 

The governor said the factory is operating against the approved licence secured from the government for business operations in the state, adding that a preliminary investigation revealed that the factory was being operated by somated that the factory and its operators have contravened the Executive Order 001 of 2024 on the safe handling of harmful substances, noting that the arrested factory workers would be prosecuted.

Governor Makinde pointed out that though the federal government issued an operational licence to the miners in line with constitutional provision, there will always be security threats and concerns when states do not have an input in the issuance of mining licences.

“You can see what is going on here, it is still the same problem, the illegal mining activities. Sadly, the folks are even getting bolder. This place, according to records available to us, was meant to be a yard for recycled tyres and batteries,” he said. 

Gov Makinde added, “But coming in here, you can see there is no single battery or tyre here. They are crushing lithium here and they had support from all over. The preliminary investigation indicated that some Chinese are the ones leading this. They also have a lawyer from Katsina.”