Thirteen illegal miners, including nine Chinese, one Ghanaian and three locals were on Monday arrested by Amotekun Security Corps in Osun State.
They were said to have been arrested at four different illegal mining sites during operations carried out by the Amotekun corps in collaboration with the State Joint Task Force (JTF).
The illegal sites were located at Itagunmodi, Igun and Ariye 1&2, all in Atakunmosa West local government area of the state.
According to reports, the operation was carried out following a tip-off from members of the public.
Confirming the arrest of the expatriates in Osogbo on Tuesday, the Director-General of Amotekun Security Corps in the state, Comrade Amitolu Shittu maintained that the security outfit would not relent in its efforts to rid the state of illegal miners.
He added that the development was part of the resolve of Governor Gboyega Oyetola to drive out economic saboteurs, whose activities were inimical to the socio-economic growth of the state.
Shittu, however, commended the JTF comprising Nigerian Army, Air force, Navy, Police, DSS, NSCDC and Immigration for their cooperation with Amotekun corps to make the operation a success.
It would be recalled that 27 illegal miners, including 17 Chinese and 10 locals were arrested earlier this month when a similar operation was carried out in Ile Ife.