The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has deployed no fewer than fifty of its personnel to keep vigil on the illegal activities of miners in the State.
In a statement issued by the command's Public Relations Officer (PRO), Kayode Balogun, in Akure, the State capital, said that the action was in line with the federal government directive to check and curb the illegal activities of the miners belt on sabotaging concerted effort.
The statement obtained by SaharaReporters correspondent further said the move was also in same page with the mandate of the federal government to diversify the economy of the country following the drop in price oil from the international market.
He stated that the command has also worked out modality with the Special Task Force (STF) team in the State with proper sealed synergy with the Ministry of Solid Minerals and Development to chase out illegal miners sucking the wealth and resources of the state without approval.
"The officers which will work in conjunction with the officials of the Federal Ministry of Solid Mineral Development is to ensure that all illegal miners are flushed out from the state", he added.
The NSCDC Spokesman noted that the operations of these illegal miners riding on the shoulder of top government officers had always been a source of concern to the command mostly at the southern part of area of the State that had the vast deposited of oil.
Balogun confirmed that part of the major drive of the State Commandant, Fasiu Adeyinka, over the latest step is to root out criminals who always masquerade in security uniforms to aid adulterated oil dealers by escorting them out of the creeks.
He added that the command had received lots of complains about the incessant activities of the illegal oil criminals in the southern part of the State and vowed that their officers are battle ready to sniffed them out of their hidden place.
Mr. Balogun who asked all mining companies in the State to ensure their activities have legal backup in compliance with the federal government policy stressed that saboteurs should rather stay out of the state or face the music of the law.