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Illicit miners raise fears in Bong

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Report emerging from Kokoyah Statutory District in Bong County says residents are living in total fears over alleged threats posed to their lives by people believed to be aliens who are carrying on illegal mining activities at the bank of the St. John River.

Some residents who spoke to this paper via mobile phone from the district say the alleged illicit miners are believed to come from Ghana, Nigeria and Guinea, respectively.

Our Bong County correspondent says the situation has brought total fears among residents living in that part of the County, and they are no longer moving freely as before due to what they say is a threat to their lives.

There is a claim, however, that local officials in Kokoyah are not aware of the alleged illegal operation at the St. John River, but residents are requesting the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy to investigate the situation for fact-finding.

The Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy is a government agency responsible for the administration of the mining sector and has statutory oversight over the energy, land, mineral, and water sectors. The alleged illicit miners are said to be in search of gold and diamond at the bank of the St. John River in Bong.

Residents in Kokoyah are calling on Bong County Legislature Caucus through its chairman Sen. Henry W. Yelleh to launch an investigation in the alleged illicit mining activity in the district.

“These people are taking our natural resources from the district so we want our lawmakers from the county to strongly intervene in this process,” the locals have said.

By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong County–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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