• Thursday, June 13, 2024
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Govt says metal scavengers are security threat to Delta

Govt says metal scavengers are security threat to Delta

…bans scavenging activities, orders arrest of culprits

Delta State Government has restated its ban on metal scavengers popularly known as ‘Iron Condemn’. It has consequently ordered the law enforcement agents to ensure a compliance by arresting and prosecuting any person involved in such activities.

According to Latimore Oghesenevbe, chief executive officer, Delta State and Communications Bureau, the activities of the metal scavengers remained banned in all 25 Local Government Areas of the State and offenders shall be apprehended and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to deviants and those contemplating breaking laws and regulations.

Oghenesivbe, reaffirmed the State Government’s position at the weekend in a swift reaction to numerous reports of alleged persisting activities of metal scavengers in some parts of the State, which he tagged, as a security threat.

He said some persons who are determined to break the law decided to illegally produce branded uniforms/muffler, and inscribed on them “Ministry of Environment” so as to deceive unsuspecting members of the public with a view to litigimizing their illegal operations in some parts of the State.

He also said during a public affairs talkshow on radio, that Jamani Ejiro, Commissioner for Environment, confirmed in a telephone conversation that there was never a time his Ministry issued permits or branded uniforms to Iron Condemn scavengers to operate in any part of the State, and therefore urged members of the public to promptly report any metal scavenger in their area or community to the Police, local vigilant group or the State taskforce on environment for arrest and criminal prosecution.

He assured the residents that the State Government and law enforcement agents shall intensify efforts to ensure total compliance, pointing out that the activities of metal scavengers remained a major threat to privacy, peace and security in the State, and that Government would do everything lawful to completely eradicate their illegal operations.

He confirmed that security reports from across the State indicated that the metal cavengers vandalized properties, encroached on properties, trespassed unauthorized areas, stole gas cylinders, security lights, children bicycles, raped and assaulted their victims, which was why the Government outlawed their criminal activities in the State.

“His Excellency, the Governor of Delta State, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori is committed to his vision of enhanced peace and security in the state. He has the political willpower and the good conscience to fulfill his electioneering campaigns promises to the people, support and ensure the enforcement of subsisting laws and regulations.

“Iron Condemn Scavengers (metal scavengers) remained banned in all parts of Delta State, in line with subsisting laws and regulations. The State Government has directed law enforcement agents and the state taskforce on environment to intensify compliance, arrest and prosecute deviants and offenders.

“Penalty for breaking the law regarding iron condemn activities ranges from fine to terms of imprisonment or both. Any scavenger caught operating under the guise of a registered operator by the State Ministry of Environment shall be prosecuted and jailed.

“Delta State Ministry of Environment confirmed to the State Orientation and Communications Bureau that the ban on Iron Condemn is in full force in the state.

The State Ministry of Environment did not issue permit to any scavenger, and didn’t authorize the use of special uniforms or branded mufflers. There are no authorized or licensed or recognized iron condemn scavengers in Delta State. Their operations remain banned.”