There is tension in Dagbala and Uneme-Erhurun, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State over influx of persons mostly suspected to be of northern Nigeria extraction who are into mining of gold and most of them believed to be without license.
The small community has been allegedly overrun by these “foreigners” who are also accused of luring their women into marriages and amorous relationships.
It is being speculated that kidnapped victims by suspected criminal herdsmen at Okpella axis which is along Abuja /Auchi expressway and Atte / Sasaro which is along Auchi / Igarra road are taken to the forest at Dagbala and that security agencies are aware of these happenings but not taking appropriate actions.
A resident confided in newsmen that “recently, containers of sophisticated arms and dynamites have been imported into the community at night by these miners without any community member knowing about it.”
He said various vehicles with Federal Government plate numbers have been bringing people to this community almost on a daily basis from South East, South West and Northern Nigeria.
Reacting to the development, the chairman of the council, Don Umoru said he held a security meeting where it was resolved that all mining activities in the community should be suspended while another meeting with the miners has been scheduled.
He said, “We have just risen from a security council meeting now with the Dagbala community, traditional rulers and security chiefs, we have put a stop to all the activities going on in Dagbala. We have issued an ultimatum that they should stop all their activities then we are inviting the miners and the owners of the land for a meeting where we will look at the issues. Meanwhile, we have put a stop to all their activities.
“Though their activities are between them, the state and the Federal Government but the local government is their first point of contact with the government.”